On Sept. 9 on a side street off Grant Avenue to Seward Street in Du­quesne, family and friends gathered to honor Charles Corey Gibson.

Corey, as he was known, was murdered Aug. 22 on the same small street. Ironically, this day was to have been his 25th birthday. It was instead, a tragic end to such a beloved member of this community.

MOURNING A LOSS—The victim’s girlfriend, Corletta Woods, holds their three-year-old daughter, Destiny Gibson.

Gibson, a young father of three-year-old daughter, Destiny, made a name for himself as a high school athlete at Duquesne High School. He graduated in 2004.

“He was the best big brother,” said Tony Gibson, Corey’s younger brother. “A good father to his daughter.” Corletta Woods, Destiny’s mother, said the thing she will miss most about Corey is his smile that could light up a room.

GRIEF STRICKEN—Yvette Gibson grieves for her son, Charles Corey Gibson, who was shot in Duquesne Aug. 20.

During the somber vigil, Rev. Queen of Christ Soul Saving Station in Duquesne, spoke words of comfort and blessings to family and friends.

Along a weathered wooden house wall, various photos from chapters of Gibson’s life, along with a blue wreath adorned with three white roses, hung for well-wishers to sign. A young women in the crowd read a poem entitled, “I Am Not Dead, written in memorial to a young life lost.

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