55 of 78 homicides Black lives

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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.

JULY HOMICIDES (11)

JULY 4—Jamil Lloyd-El, a 20-year-old Black male from Pittsburgh, was found with a gunshot wound to the chest when he rang the doorbell of a residence in the 300 block of Winston Street in Hazelwood. When the owner opened the door, Lloyd-El was found on the porch. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital; where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

JULY 6—Jill Clark, a 50-year-old White female from East Deer Township, was found dead in a wooded area of Plum Borough after being reported missing days earlier by co-workers. Clark had reportedly been beaten to death with a floor jack. Tom Clark, her husband, has been charged with her homicide, along with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. He allegedly fought with her, then beat her to death and then disposed of her body. He was allegedly found trying to commit suicide. He is awaiting trial.

JULY 7—Lamar Pondexter, a 36-year-old Black male from Carrick, was found shot to death at Nobles Lane and Denise Street in Carrick. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

JULY 7—James Lapford, a 34-year-old Black male from Homewood, was found with gunshot wounds on Pearl Road in Penn Hills. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital; where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

JULY 9—Robert Brooks, a 27-year-old White male from Lebanon County, was fatally shot by police in the torso and extremities after a struggle that began when Brooks allegedly broke into the home of his ex-lover and cousin’s former wife on Thorn Street in Sewickley. Police found him in the home hiding, when he wouldn’t follow their commands; they shot him with a taser. He allegedly pulled it out and grabbed for an officer’s gun when they shot him. He had reportedly had an altercation with the woman of the home earlier in the day. Involved officers have been placed on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated, which is protocol.

JULY 13—Jewell Shelby Jr., a 23-year-old Black male from the North Side, was found lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds at a playground in the 600 block of Wandless Street in the Hill District. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

JULY 16—James Fleming, a 39-year-old Black male from Homewood, was shot while working on a vehicle along Kedron Street in Homewood. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital; where he died minutes later. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

JULY 16—Samantha Powe, a 30-year-old Black female from East Liberty, was found lying face down in a puddle with gunshot wounds to her body in a wooded alley on Hallam Street in Homewood. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

JULY 26—William Menni, a 58-year-old White male from McKees Rocks, was fatally shot near the William Welsh Funeral Home in the 300 block of East Park Way in Homestead after a heated confrontation broke out between him and the owner, reported a former friend and business associate. Menni was allegedly shot after he shoved the man. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital; where he later died. William Welsh has been charged with criminal homicide. He is awaiting his trial.

JULY 31—Kevin Kirkland, a 45-year-old Black male from East Carnegie, was fatally shot in the chest in the 700 block of Idlewood Avenue in East Carnegie after an argument erupted over a television set. After the argument escalated to a fight, Kirkland was shot. Aaron Israel has been charged with criminal homicide. He is awaiting trial.

JULY 31—Derrick Lyman, a 24-year-old Black male from East Hills, was found fatally shot on the first floor of his apartment building at 2103 Park Hill Dr., in East Hills. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital; where he later died. Rayshawn Williams has been charged with Lyman’s death. He is awaiting trial.

AUGUST HOMICIDES (9)

AUG. 1—Augustus McClain, a 36-year-old Black male from Lincoln-Lemington, was found by authorities with multiple gunshot wounds to his head, torso and arms while sitting in the driver’s side of a parked blue Ford Escape at the corner of North Murtland and Mt. Vernon streets in Homewood. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

AUG. 3—Zachary Sheridan, a 24-year-old White male from Bookline, was fatally shot in the neck on South Bouquet Street near Sennott Street in Oakland after an altercation broke out between his group and another group in the 3900 block of Forbes Avenue, outside the Original Hot Dog Shop Inc. Sheridan’s group began to walk away, when the other group followed, causing another altercations. A fistfight ensued, after a few punches were exchanged, Sheridan and his group began to runaway, when a male from the other group fired a gun. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital; where he later died. Isiah Smith has been charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. He is awaiting trial.

AUG. 11—Darren Smith, a 34-year-old Black male from Beltzhoover, was fatally shot in the chest outside of his home in the 400 block of Sylvania Avenue in Beltzhoover. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital; where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

AUG. 14—Jessica Miller, a 31-year-old White female from Beltzhoover, was found strangled to death outside of her apartment over the One Higgins Street bar in Etna, allegedly by her boyfriend Victor Dinino. He is charged with criminal homicide and is awaiting trial.

AUG. 15—Anthony Wilson, a 24-year-old Black male from Larimer, was found at the bottom of the stairs with multiple gunshots at a residence at 529 Lowell Street in Larimer. He was visiting the residence when an unknown person opened the door and began firing shots. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

AUG. 22—Laurin Edwards, a 19-year-old White female from Shaler Township, was found shot to death in her room of the Winterset Drive home she shared with her family in Shaler. She was allegedly killed by her father, James Edwards. He also shot his wife, Charlene Edwards, and 21-year-old son Jimmy Edwards and then killed himself. Charlene and Jimmy are expected to recover. No motive is known.

AUG. 22—Jana Randolph, a 49-year-old Black female from McKeesport, was found shot multiple times at close range inside of a crashed vehicle in the 2300 block of Riverview Street in McKeesport. Randolph’s cousin, Carlos Hudson, was also found shot to death in the vehicle. The motive is unknown. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

AUG. 22—Carlos Hudson, a 41-year-old Black male from McKeesport, was found shot multiple times at close range inside of a crashed vehicle in the 2300 block of Riverview Street in McKeesport. Hudson’s cousin, Jana Randolph, was also found shot to death in the vehicle. The motive is unknown. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

AUG. 31—Ryan Beal, a 27-year-old White male from Swissvale, was found shot to death outside of his apartment building in the 7400 block of Duquesne Avenue in Swissvale. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

SEPTEMBER HOMICIDES (9)

SEPT. 4—William Scott, a 24-year-old Black male from Penn Hills, was found on Aug. 26, fatally shot in the torso and right arm in the driver’s seat of a parked car in the intersection of Frankstown and North Lang Avenues in Homewood. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital; where he died a week later. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

SEPT. 8—Shawn Evans, a 56-year-old White male from Bloomfield, was shot to death at Condrins Tavern, located at 4501 Torley St., in Bloomfield, after what seems to have been a drunken fight with his friend Kenneth Farnan, a Pittsburgh police officer and former marine. Evans was shot in the torso multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Farnan has been charged with criminal homicide; he is awaiting his trial.

SEPT. 9—Dayjon Parker, a 17-year-old Black male from Homewood, was found shot in the head in the backseat of a vehicle parked in the 7300 block of Formosa Way in Homewood. It is believed that Parker was shot in Wilkinsburg and then his body was dumped in Homewood. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

SEPT. 16—Derrail Roilton, a 24-year-old Black male from Braddock, was shot to death on Second Avenue in Braddock, shortly after leaving a bar in Homewood. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is still ongoing.

SEPT. 16—Anton Smith, a 19-year-old Black male from Homewood, was found shot multiple times in the 7100 block of Mount Vernon Street in Homewood. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

SEPT. 17—Harold Cabbagestalk, a 40-year-old Black male, from Pittsburgh, was found shot multiple times on Sept. 16 at the Flamingo Bar on Wylie Avenue in the Hill District. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he died the next day. Cabbagestalk had once been associated with a local gang and had been charged with two murders, although he was never convicted of either. Jay Morrison has been charged with criminal homicide and weapons violation. It has been reported that Morrison allegedly shot Cabbagestalk after a dispute that had turned physical. Morrison is awaiting trial.

SEPT. 17—Andrew Stevens, a 23-year-old White male from Munhall, was fatally shot when he and another male attempted to burglarize a detached garage in the 100 block of East Eugene Avenue in Munhall. Stevens and his friend decided to enter the garage, when confronted by the owner, Stevens shot at him and the owner returned fire, hitting him. The owner is not expected to face charges; the incident is still under investigation.

SEPT. 21—Fabian Nixon, a 40-year-old Black male from the North Side, was found shot multiple times in his vehicle in the 3100 block of McClure Avenue in the North Side. He had just left Jack’s Bar and got into his vehicle when someone began to fire shots. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

SEPT. 22—Qaeed Braxton, a 36-year-old Black male from Duquesne, was found fatally shot with a gunshot wound to the chest near the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Amity Street in Homestead. Braxton and his friend allegedly got into an altercation with Wilbert Keith Johnson over Johnson’s formal girlfriend, who was the current girlfriend of one of the men with Braxton. When the group left, Johnson allegedly followed, getting a gun out of his car and firing it, hitting Braxton. Braxton was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital; where he later died. Johnson is charged with homicide; he is awaiting trial.

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