61 of 86 homicides Black lives… Black homicides down from last year

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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.

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