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2 Americans held in killing of Ruscombmanor man in Bahamas

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 17 2014 03:50:19 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 18 2014 04:22:21 AM CDT

Two Americans charged in deadly stabbing

Two American men have been charged with manslaughter in connection with the deadly stabbing of a Berks County man in the Bahamas.

Carl Yerger, president of the Oley Valley Youth League, was in the country on business when he was found murdered outside his resort on the island of Bimini early Friday morning.

"Carl was a caring and loving father. We're really going to miss him," said Steven Rothenberger, who lives directly next door to Yerger and his family in Ruscombmanor Township.

Rothenberger and other community members are trying to come to grips with the tragic loss. They described Yerger as a true family man, husband and father of two young boys.

"This was a decent decent man and a decent family. My husband and I are literally sick over this," said Mary Keppley, who lives two doors down.

Yerger, 45, was found early Friday morning stabbed to death on the grounds of the Big Game Club and Resort & Marina, said police.

"The victim was discovered by an employee of the resort," said Asst. Commissioner Emrick Seymour, Royal Bahamas Police Force.

According to investigators, four American men were taken into custody and questioned. Two have been charged; the other two have been released pending further investigation, Seymour said.

Police are still trying to determine a motive and if the men knew Yerger.

"They were all captain and crew of a vessel that was in the marina right there at the hotel," said Seymour.

"They need to be punished for what they did. It's unacceptable behavior," said Keppley.

Yerger was a pillar in the community. He led the Oley Valley Youth League since December 2012. His neighbors said he was down-to-earth and volunteered countless hours.

"He was family-oriented and loved,loved, loved kids," said Keppley.

"It was a major shock to my family and everybody in the development here of an awesome person that we're going to be missing," said Rothenberger.

Rotherberger and other neighbors are trying to provide meals for Yerger's wife and two children.

The Oley Valley Youth League board of directors posted their condolences on the league's website:

"Carl was also an outstanding coach. His players and the parents respected his coaching abilities and appreciated his down-to-earth no nonsense approach to teaching children to play baseball and basketball and to love the games. Carl not only coached his boys, but also could be found on the sideline of any given baseball, basketball, or soccer game enjoying watching the children learn to play sports and develop the types of skills and behaviors that he knew would enable them to one day improve our society.

"The Oley Valley Youth League sends our deepest condolences and prayers to his loving wife and family."

The investigation continues.