37 of 53 homicides Black lives…What will it take for no more Black homicides?

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APRIL HOMICIDES (8)

APRIL 2—Dwan Jones, a 41-year-old Black male from Mount Oliver, died after being struck by a car in February at the intersection of Frankstown and Paulson Avenues. He allegedly was hit by the mother of his three children, Damona Anderson, after they had gotten into an argument. Anderson reportedly hit and drove over Jones and then took money from his pocket. Jones was taken to a local hospital, where he died a month later. Anderson is charged with homicide, aggravated assault and robbery. She is awaiting her trial.

APRIL 6—Tyrone Milton, a 50-year-old Black male from Braddock, was fatally shot in the head during a confrontation between two men at Deb’s Place, a bar in Miller Avenue in Rankin. Milton reportedly was not involved in the confrontation.  He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where he later died. An arrest warrant has been issued for Darryl Reaves. He is charged with homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and weapons violations. He is still at large.

APRIL 10—Monica Proviano, a 28-year-old Black woman from Wilkinsburg, was found shot to death on Trenton Avenue in Wilkinsburg. She allegedly had been robbed by two men when she answered a call for a jitney. The two men had reportedly planned the incident. She was robbed, shot and then her vehicle was taken. Timothy Brock Jr. and William McGraw are charged with homicide, conspiracy, robbery and robbery of a vehicle. They are awaiting their trials.

APRIL 10—Leon Wilson, a 42-year-old Black male from Homewood, was found with multiple shots to the chest, arm and head in an upstairs hallway of a home at 586 Oakwood St., in Homewood. Wilson was allegedly shot after a domestic dispute with his fiancée. His fiancée had called her daughter, who also brought her boyfriend, a Pennsylvania State Constable. Wilson was allegedly packing a bag when he fired shots at his fiancée’s son, hitting him in the shoulder. The constable ordered him to drop the weapon; Wilson allegedly fired another shot and the constable then fired multiple shots. The constable’s name was not released. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

APRIL 11—Loretta Jackson, a 65-year-old Black female from West Mifflin, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in her Patton Street home in West Mifflin. Authorities found her when they answered a call of an alarm being activated and saw a forced entry when they arrived. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

APRIL 13—Dearto Rankin, a 39-year-old Black male from Verona, was found fatally shot in the 600 block of Linden Avenue in East Pittsburgh. He was found when authorities were answering a call about a disturbance involving gunshots. According to reports, Rankin and his brother, Andre Rankin, were arguing when the gun went off. Andre Rankin is charged with homicide. He is awaiting his trial.

APRIL 20—Autumn Klein, a 41-year-old White female of North Oakland, died days after being found in the kitchen of her North Oakland home. She had allegedly been poisoned with cyanide. Robert Ferrante, Klein’s husband, has been charged with her death and is awaiting trial. Klein was recently added to the homicide list.

APRIL 27—Andrew Moore, a 31-year-old White male from Venetia, was shot in the head when he entered Armen’s House of Music on Library Road, in Bethel Park, and attacked the owners. He reportedly entered the store, left, then returned again and assaulted one of the storeowners with a club. Her husband reportedly then shot Moore. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

APRIL 28—Brandon Stokes, a 21-year-old Black male from Penn Hills, died of a gunshot wound to the chest at 8619 Westwood Rd., in Penn Hills, when a gun was fired while another man was removing money from his pocket. The bullet hit another man in the abdomen and then hit Stokes in the chest. He was taken to UPMC Shadyside Hospital; where he later died. Marijuana was reportedly involved. Ronald Riviere has been charged with homicide.

MAY HOMICIDES (10)

MAY 1—Lois Cook, a 57-year-old White female from Greenfield, was found by authorities bludgeoned to death in the basement of her home, under a tarp, at 4012 Windsor St., in Greenfield, after they received a call of concern when Cook did not come to work.  Her husband, Bruce Cook, allegedly struck her in the head with a mallet, attempted to suffocate her and then stabbed her with a pick ax. Bruce Cook has been charged with homicide, tampering with evidence and more. He is awaiting trial.

MAY 6—Tyrone Coleman, an 18-year-old Black male from Duquesne, was fatally shot to death, along with Lawrence Short, in the 600 block of Crawford Avenue in Duquesne. He was taken to UPMC McKeesport Hospital, where he later died. Michael Robinson has been charged with two counts of homicide and weapons violations. A warrant has been issued for Glenn Smith, who is still at large. The investigation is ongoing.

MAY 6—Lawrence Short, a 29-year-old Black male from Clairton, was shot to death, along with Tyrone Coleman, in the 600 block of Crawford Avenue in Duquesne. Michael Robinson is charged with two counts of homicide and weapons violations. There is an arrest warrant issued for Glenn Smith. The investigation is ongoing.

MAY 10—Stephanie Byrd, a 44-year-old White female from Lawrenceville, was shot to death at a Carlton Street home in Lawrenceville. She was reportedly shot by her estranged husband Bruce Byrd, when she went to her mother-in-law’s home to pick up things. No one was expected to be home and Bruce Byrd lived next door. She was shot more than 30 times when she entered the home.  After killing Byrd, Bruce Byrd, allegedly shot himself. The incident has been ruled a murder-suicide.

MAY 11—Dejour Gadsden, a 17-year-old Black male from McKeesport, was shot to death at a residence on White Hill Drive, in the Hill District, when three men entered the home and began shooting. Gadsden was pronounced dead at the scene and one other person was injured. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

MAY 17—Roger Griffin, a 54-year-old Black male from Knoxville, was fatally shot in the chest after an argument over drugs at a Knoxville home. After being shot, money was allegedly taken from Griffin. Khamal Fooks and Rayshon Shields have been charged with homicide, robbery, conspiracy and Fooks was also charged with illegal firearms possession. They are awaiting trial.

MAY 21—Marcus White Jr., a 1-year-old Black male from East Hills, was fatally shot while attending a picnic with his two aunts, in the 2300 block of East Hills Drive, when three men fired shots into a crowd. Two people were injured and White was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

MAY 24—Davar Reid, a 26-year-old Black male from Duquesne, was fatally shot multiple times at the Highview Gardens housing complex on Sixth Avenue, in McKeesport. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital; where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

MAY 24—Delasia Detrieuille, a 16-year-old Black female from Rankin, was shot to death near the Hawkins Village playground on Kenmawr Avenue, in Rankin, after allegedly confronting two men who had robbed her earlier while she was trying to sell a firearm. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Londell Jones has been charged with homicide.

MAY 29—John Haas, a 59-year-old White male from Pittsburgh, was fatally shot while picking up a customer in his jitney on Brownlee Street at the Crawford Village housing complex in McKeesport. Authorities said Haas was not the intended target and that his vehicle was mistaken for one belonging to a rival gang. Haas was taken to a local hospital; where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

JUNE HOMICIDES (2)

JUNE 18—Alisha Virtue, a 25-year-old White female from Reserve Township, was found fatally shot to death in a home in the 3400 block of Spring Garden Road in Reserve Township. She was allegedly shot by her ex-boyfriend, Nicholas Starr, who later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was ruled a murder-suicide.

JUNE 26—Brian Cook, a 24-year-old White male from McKeesport, was fatally shot during a home invasion in the 2600 block of Versailles Avenue in McKeesport. He and his girlfriend, who was also injured, were shot while they were reportedly in bed with their 1-year-old in the home. The infant was not injured. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

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