1943 - 1982 (39 years)
Has 24 ancestors and 13 descendants in this family tree.
||NIKSICH, Mr. Alexander Andrew|
b. 14 May 1918, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
d. 1 Dec 1997, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Age 79 years)
||LAURENTI, Ms. Linda Therese|
b. 7 Jul 1917, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
d. 14 Jan 2003, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Age 85 years)
||20 Jul 1941
||Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
||Yes, date unknown
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- Unsolved Murder Victim
Andrew was the beloved father of Dawn and Theresa. He was a talented musician, and recorded some sleeper records in the 1960s under the name of Andy Lauren on the Kosak record label. He could not compete with the rock and roll craze, so he gave it up to concentrate on raising his family. There is a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Tuesday, December 7, 1982
Andrew Niksick, age 39, beloved father of Dawn and Theresa, grandfather of Tasha Marie, dearest son of Alex, step-son of Jean Niksick, brother of Louis O. Funeral service Thursday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.., at Powell-Searles-Bassett Funeral Home, 13955 State Rd. at Rt. 82. Friends received Tuesday 7 ? 9 p.m., Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Ashtabula Star Beacon ? December 5, 1982
GENEVA POLICE PROBE MAN'S SHOOTING DEATH
By Linda Chandler (Staff Reporter)
A quiet middleclass neighborhood was shocked Saturday afternoon when police found the body of a man in the basement of a home at 592 Althea Street, Geneva.
Ashtabula County Coroner Larry Brammer would not release the identity of the victim, pending notification of family. Police Chief Frank Hocevar said the victim apparently died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Hocevar said the victim was believed to be the occupant of the home, but the body had not been officially identified.
Neighbors said the occupant had lived in the home for approximately two years. Several neighbors described the occupant as a very quiet, divorced man, approximately 39 years of age, who lived alone in the home and worked at Perry Nuclear Power Plant.
Hocevar said the department was notified of the death at 4 p.m. by someone who came to visit the occupant and found the body lying at the bottom of the basement stairs. Police immediately cordoned off the yard of the residence and began questioning neighbors.
Occupants of the two homes closets to the residence were stunned to hear of the death. Jim Ayers, 600 Althea Street, said his family was home all day, but neither heard nor saw anything unusual before police arrived.
Brammer said a cause of death would be announced Monday afternoon. Hocevar is meeting with his officers today to review notes form the neighborhood interviews and other details of the investigation.
Police questioned neighbors regarding a specific vehicle which was believed to be linked to the shooting death.
Ashtabula Star Beacon ? December 6, 1982
VICTIM IS IDENTIFIED
By Linda Chandler (Staff Reporter)
GENEVA ? Geneva City Police have identified Andrew Niksick, 39, as the homicide victim who was found dead Saturday at his home in Geneva.
Police Chief Frank Hocevar said a visitor at Niksick's home, 592 Althea Street, discovered the body at the bottom of the basement stairs and notified police at 4 p.m.
Hocevar said Niksick apparently died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen, and the condition of the body leads the police to believe the death occurred at least a day prior to the discovery of the body. Hocevar said the case is being handled as a homicide, but declined to say whether the weapon was recovered.
Larry Brammer, Ashtabula County Coroner's Assistant, said cause and time of death will be announced today following an autopsy at 10 a.m. at Ashtabula General Hospital.
Police are baffled as investigation continues because there is no apparent motive for the killing, according to the Police Chief. Investigators found the home in immaculate condition.
Neighbors said Niksick, who moved to the neighborhood approximately two years ago, was divorced and lived alone. He was described as a very quiet yet friendly man who was known to mow the neighbor's yard in the summer and plow the drive in the winter.
A former songwriter and composer, Niksick had a band in Cleveland at one time and made several recordings. He supposedly sold the song "Wooly Bully," to Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, who made it a hit in the 60's.
Police will continue processing contents of the house today, looking for leads that might aid their investigation. Doors and other objects were removed as evidence from the home and sent to the criminal lab, according to the Chief. These objects will be checked for fingerprints and other evidence.
"We will try to learn as much as we can about the victim," Hocevar said. "We'll try to determine who his associates were, who his friends were, and his enemies, if there were any. We'll be talking to his family. It's going to be a long process.
Police questioned Niksick's neighbors Saturday night to determine whether anyone heard or saw anything unusual. Niksick's two closest neighbors ? the Jim Ayers and Richard Hunt families ? were stunned by the death.
Funeral arrangements for Niksick are pending in Cleveland.