70 of 93 homicides Black lives …Time for concerned groups to unite (Part 2)

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SEPTEMBER HOMICIDES (11)

SEPT. 8—Victoria Davis, a 53-year-old Black female from the North Side, was found fatally stabbed on the front porch of a home in the 100 block of Richey Street in the North Side. There was also another victim and children in the house. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Joseph Davis, her husband, has been charged with one count of criminal homicide, one count of criminal attempted homicide; one count of aggravated assault and one count of endangering the welfare of children. He is awaiting trial.

SEPT. 10—Duncan Plowden, a 47-year-old Black male from Pittsburgh, was found with a gunshot wound to the neck/chest area on the front steps of a home in the 6500 block of Shetland Avenue in Larimer. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where he later died. Anthony Fitzgerald has been charged with criminal homicide and unlawful possession of a firearm.

SEPT. 10—Parris Harris, a 19-year-old Black female from North Versailles, was fatally shot to death in her North Versailles apartment on Rolling Woods Drive, where she was with her child and several other adults. Police have charged Jaquan Jones, her former boyfriend, with criminal homicide, reckless endangerment and other charges. He is still at large.

SEPT. 11—Dywayne Heath, a 19-year-old Black male from Carrick, was found unconscious with gunshot wounds by police responding to reports of gunshots on the front porch of 611 Montooth St. in Beltz­hoover. He had apparently run on the porch of a home to take cover from the gunfire. He died at the scene. No one has been charged with the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

SEPT. 19—Qadree Berry, a 28-year-old Black male from Braddock, was found dead in the 500 block of Price Avenue in North Braddock with a gunshot wound to the chest. No one has been charged with the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

SEPT. 19—Keith Pack, a 48-year-old Black male from the Hill District, was shot to death in the back while outside a Hill District apartment complex at 2126 Elmore Square. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one has been charged with the incident; the investigation is ongoing.

SEPT. 20—Richard Covington, a 28-year-old Black male from East Liberty, was fatally shot outside the Sheldon Park apartment complex in Harrison. He was taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital where he later died. No one has been charged with the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

SEPT. 26—Sherieff Strader, an 18-year-old Black male from Braddock, was shot in the 1100 block of Goetthman Street in Troy Hill. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he later died. No one has been charged with the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

SEPT. 27—Jerome Williams, a 15-year-old Black male from Pittsburgh, was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire when police responded to a call of a home invasion at Penfort Street in Northview Heights. When officers arrived, they saw several possible suspects running. Police reportedly told Williams to drop his weapon. He refused and shot at police. During the exchange, Williams was fatally shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, while the incident is being investigated, which is protocol.

SEPT. 29—James Galloway, a 29-year-old Black male from Garfield, was found with multiple gunshot wounds by police in the 5600 block of Stanton Avenue after a report of shots being fired in an apartment. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one has been charged with the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

SEPT. 30—Michael Young, a 33-year-old Black male from Pittsburgh, was found shot to death at the bottom of a stairway in an apartment in the 3400 block of Milwaukee Street in the Hill District. No one has been charged with the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

OCTOBER HOMICIDES (9)

OCT. 2—Jason Paylor, a 17-year-old Black male from Wilkinsburg, was fatally shot multiple times outside of his home in the 1000 block of South Avenue in Wilkinsburg. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where he later died. No one has been charged with the homicide; the investigation is ongoing.

OCT. 4—Justin Strothers-Owen, a 22-year-old Black male from Wilkinsburg, was shot and killed while standing at a Port Authority bus stop at Penn Avenue and Princeton Boulevard in Wilkinsburg. A car driving by allegedly fired multiple shots; there was another person at the stop who was not hurt. Aaron Vaughn Henderson has been arrested and charged with homicide and aggravated assault. He is currently awaiting trial.

OCT. 7—Rashaad Brookins, a 23-year-old Black male from East Liberty, was fatally shot by a City of Pittsburgh police officer during an attempted robbery of the Frog’s Club at 532 Paulson Ave. in Larimer. Brookins reportedly was shot after refusing to show his hands and approaching the officer with a knife in his hands. As protocol, the officer has been placed on administrative leave, while the incident is being investigated.

OCT. 7—Alan Benko, a 56-year-old White male from Glenshaw, was shot and killed after he and another man, whom he just met, had been drinking alcohol and shooting at cans. Allegedly an altercation occurred; Benko shot the man in the torso and the man shot back at him, killing Benko. It is unknown if charges have been filed against the other man.

OCT. 24—Nancy Schaab, a 26-year-old from Plum, was fatally shot in the chest after an alleged altercation with her boyfriend at their home on Millers Lane in Plum.  During the altercation, Schaab allegedly stabbed her boyfriend and he grabbed a gun and shot her. Jordan Just has been charged with criminal homicide. He is awaiting trial.

OCT. 24—Ronald Took Jr., a 19-year-old Black male from the Hill District, was fatally shot inside of an apartment building at 138 Penn Avenue in Mt. Oliver after an argument. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he later died. No one has been charged with the homicide; the investigation is ongoing.

OCT. 26—Garry Grigsby, a 28-year-old Black male from McKeesport, was shot in the 2700 block of Glover Street in McKeesport. He was taken to UPMC McKeesport, where he later died. No one has been charged with the incident; the investigation is ongoing.

OCT. 26—Kevin Geyer, a 19-year-old White male from Wilkinsburg, was found shot in the back in the middle of the street at Woodworth Avenue in Wilkinsburg, after an alleged attempted robbery. He had been walking from a bus stop when he was shot.  He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian, where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

OCT. 30—Selena Roberts, a 40-year-old Black female from West Mifflin, was fatally shot multiple times at her home at 32 Midway Drive at the Mon View Heights public housing complex in West Mifflin after allegedly confronting a group of people making too much noise in her home and awaking her. One of the individuals pulled a gun and shot. Taylor West has been charged with the homicide, and is awaiting trial.

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