According to numerous sources, members of the Reading, Pennyslvania chapter of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club murdered a woman named Tonya M. Focht on June 19. Focht, a student at Alvernia University in Reading, was punched in the face and thrown into the path of an oncoming car as, according to published accounts, “two groups of people were fighting in the parking lot of the” Bar-B-Q Pit on Penn Avenue in Lower Heidelberg Township.
Focht is survived by two children named Bryan D. Focht Jr. and Lillian Shea Davidheiser.
Sources have said that she was punched and thrown as she was trying to defend her longtime fiancé, Mark Groff. On his Facebook page, Groff states Focht “lost her life…because she was attacked by members of the iron order mc cop club.” He also states, “I held Tonya Marie lying in their (the Bar-B-Q Pit’s) parking lot trying to save her.”
Focht was transported by ambulance to the Reading Hospital and Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
A week ago, Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams ruled Focht’s death was an accident. Adams told the Reading Eagle, “No charges will be filed in relation to the accidental death.” Adams told the Eagle the fight “remains under investigation. No charges have yet been filed. The Iron Order Reading chapter president is named Keith “Hammer” Fritz. The General Manager of the Printing and Publishing Division at the Reading Eagle is named Keith Fritz. The Aging Rebel has not been able to confirm that they are the same Keith Fritz.
Groff is himself a former Reading policeman who was accused of using excessive force while making an arrest in 2009. He was hired in 2005 and fired in June 2009 after he was accused of associating with members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. Groff is a former member of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club.
The video of Groff below was posted on YouTube by Focht about three months before she died.