The month of January ended with six homicides, which is one less than this time last year, which proved to be the least deadly year of the past four years. While there is hope that the homicides and shooting will decrease, the one constant theme is that none of these homicides and shootings have to occur at all. These are young lives that are being lost and for what …nothing.
Shateecha Roach, a teacher out trying to enjoy herself and ring in the new year, was killed at a club when someone, or some ones, decided to resort to pulling out a gun instead of just walking away during a fight. Daniel Peek, a young man enjoying his time with his family lost his life when someone recklessly shot through the door of his apartment. And Quinn White, a father with reportedly no criminal record, lost his life when someone shot him while walking home and talking on the phone.
These are just a few of the names on the list who could be here today if their killers took the time to stop and think about their actions. They were someone’s child, someone’s parent and someone’s friend.
Our communities will not last if the senseless violence does not end. For several months now the New Pittsburgh Courier has been issuing challenges to members of the community. This month, as we are in the midst of Black History month, we ask that everyone think about what those prominent figures, both nationally and locally, who fought for civil rights were fighting for. It was for equality, opportunity and freedom, not for our communities to be destroyed and overtaken by “gangbangers” and “thugs.”
As part of an ongoing effort to heighten awareness about the effects of murder in Black communities, the New Pittsburgh Courier will compile a list of homicides in the County each month. It is our hope that as the list of victims grows, so will a true understanding of how these lost lives affect the mental health, economic well-being and self-images of the region’s Black neighborhoods.
Out of the six murders, thus far, in 2012—five were Black and four were Black men.
JANUARY HOMICIDES (6)
JAN. 1—Shateecha Roach, a 27-year-old Black female from Beltzhoover, was fatally shot while a patron inside Fever Night Club, in the Strip District, when a fight broke out and gun fire erupted. She was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where she later died. Three others were injured. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JAN. 2—Chaz Anger, a 21-year-old Black male from Pittsburgh, was shot to death in the back and neck outside of a Brighton Heights apartment at 3437 Fleming Ave., in the North Side. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JAN. 6—Mark Senay, a 40-year-old White male from Greenfield, found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in his home in the 1400 block of Bristol Street in Greenfield. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JAN. 14—Daniel Peek, a 16-year-old Black male from Duquesne, was fatally shot during a family gathering at his home at the Parkview Manor Apartments in the 2500 block of Duquesne Place Drive, in Duquesne. He was reportedly hit by bullets that passed through the door during a gunfight in the hallway. No one was charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JAN. 24—Quinn White, a 24-year-old Black male from McKees Rocks, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in the 100 block of Churchill Street in McKees Rocks. He had allegedly been walking home and in the process of making a call when he was killed. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JAN. 29—Kevin Hill, a 31-year-old Black male from South Side, was fatally stabbed in the neck at a home at 120 Amanda Avenue, in Mount Oliver, after an alleged argument. He had been taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he later died. Donald Finnigan has been charged with the homicide and is currently awaiting trial.