Many friends and family came out for the vigil for Mysharri and Kahdejah. (Photo by J.L. Martello)
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police are still investigating whether alcohol, along with speed contributed to the fatal crash that left two Pittsburgh teens dead and two others injured in the early hours of Oct. 27 in the 1000 block of Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Crane Avenue in Beechview. Police haven’t released the names of two males, ages 17 and 19, who were reportedly critically injured and remained hospitalized Monday.
Rhondeshia Shaw sits and remembers her cousin during the vigil next to candles that were laid on the ground that stand for rest with God Kahdejah and Mysharri. (Photo by J.L. Martello)
Best friends Kahdejah Cammon-Perkins, 18, and Mysharri Millender, 17, were killed when the GMC Envoy SUV they were traveling in reportedly left Route 51 and traveled up an embankment, crashing in a wooded area. All four were ejected from the vehicle; the two teen men were taken to local hospitals and are in critical condition. Their names have not been released. It is still unknown who was driving.
Friends and family gathered Sunday night at the scene for a vigil to remember the girls.
Mother of Kahdejah Cammon-Perkins holds candle in memory of her daughter during the vigil. (Photo by J.L. Martello)
Tying ballons to a stuffed teddy bear that was placed next to candles during the vigil is close friend Destynee Stewart from Larimer.(Photo by J.L. Martello)
“I’m taking it hard, but I’ll get through it. It seems like a nightmare I can’t wake up from,” said Destynee Stewart, Millender’s cousin and who went to elementary school with Cammon-Perkins. “They were always together; if you saw one you saw the other. They were funny and cool with everyone. They will be missed.”
A statement from the police said speed was a definite factor in the crash. As for alcohol, the Medical Examiner’s Office said that toxicology results would not be available for 16 weeks.
Blood tests are being conducted on all four victims. Police spokesman Diane Richard says investigators were still trying to determine who was driving the vehicle.
Richard Carrington who was driving on 51 during the wreck and witnessed the whole thing, places a candle on the ground in memory of the girls. (Photo by J.L. Martello)
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