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Created on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 10:44 Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 10:44 Published on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 10:44 Written by Ashley N. Johnson - Courier Staff Writer Hits: 1106
With six homicides in January, 2013 is on track to being a deadly year, like that of 2012. Last year, Allegheny County saw 96 homicides, and like this year, ended January with six homicides, five being Black individuals.
January homicides included tragic ones like that of a 33-year-old mother and student killed senselessly by her boyfriend, but yet could have possibly been saved if authorities practiced their correct training; a 16-year-old high school student, described as being a good boy, killed while walking home from a convenience store; and a 61-year-old community activist beat to death in his apartment over what many are reporting as a disagreement over marijuana.
It is time for a call to action. We, the community, cannot afford another year of high homicides. It is time for everyone to get together on one accord, residents, politicians and public servants, and figure out a cure to the epidemic that is increasingly getting out of hand. We are losing our future. Instead of ushering our young people into higher education, we are ushering them into graves and jails.
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 2013—five were Black and four were Black men.
JANUARY HOMICIDES (6)
JAN. 1—Ka’Sandra Wade, a 33-year-old Black female from Larimer, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in her Lowell Street home when authorities visited her residence after receiving concerns from relatives. Wade was killed by her boyfriend, Anthony Brown, one day after authorities, who had answered a 9-1-1 call she placed, left without investigating the call when Brown came to the window and told them everything was okay. Brown later shot himself after a brief police standoff.
JAN. 10—Deondre Pace, a 16-year-old Black male from Beltzhoover, was found laying on the sidewalk with multiple shots to the torso in front of Sheffield Funeral Home near Beltzhoover Avenue and Climax Street, in Beltzhoover. He had been leaving a convenience store near his home, when two men approached him and opened fire. Pace was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JAN. 11—Jayemond Bailey, a 34-year-old Black male from McKeesport, was shot to death at Street Stars bar, on Sixth Avenue in McKeesport. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JAN. 13—Lou Auer, a 37-year-old White male from East Liberty, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the torso outside of 322 N. Negley Ave., in East Liberty. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JAN. 23—Michael Andrews, a 27-year-old Black male from East Hills, was found fatally shot during an alleged home invasion in the 5300 block of Brown Way in Garfield. A masked man knocked on the door of the home that was occupied by two men. When one of the males answered the door, he was shot in the face. After hearing the shot, the other male in the residence got a gun and exchanged shots with the masked man. Andrews was found in front of the home and was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where he later died. The other men were wounded. Authorities did not clarify if Andrews lived at the house or was the intruder. The investigation is ongoing.
JAN. 28—Isaiah Dent, a 61-year-old Black male from McKees Rocks, was found beaten to death in the bathroom of his Hays Manor apartment on Locust Street in McKees Rocks. Sean Overton has been charged with criminal homicide, robbery and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He is awaiting trial.
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