The family of a grandmother and granddaughter found brutality murdered last week in East Hills have recently started the Valorie Crumpton, Tionna & Vaughn Banks Memorial Fund through the site GoFundMe to raise funds for the funeral services and the support of a 2-month-old baby who has been left without a mother just days before Mother’s Day.
In the afternoon of May 7, according to a release issued by the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety Information Officer Sonya Toler, Pittsburgh Police conducted a wellness check on Tionna Banks, 19, after a caseworker reported she had not shown up for a social service appointment days prior. Upon arriving to the home in the 500 block of Karl Street, and hearing music and smelling a strong odor, officers forced their way into the home and found the bludgeoned bodies of Banks and her grandmother, Valorie Crumpton, 72. They each died of blunt force trauma.
Banks’ newborn son, Vaughn, was not home and was later found safe. No one has been charged and no suspects have been named.
When asked how they will be remembered, a close family member who wished not to be identified said, “(they) are two women that are loved by their family and community. They will be greatly missed.” The family member went on to say, “We are rallying together to raise Baby Vaughn because of this tragedy.”
The Banks and Crumpton family created the page on May 11 to raise funds for funeral services that will take place May 14 and May 15. Other details about arrangements were not disclosed. The remaining proceeds will go towards “Baby Vaughn,” the page reads. As of the morning on May 12, donations already made have totaled $400.
Along with making contributions through GoFundMe, interested individuals can also visit any PNC bank location to make donations to the Valorie Crumpton, Tionna & Vaughn Banks Memorial Fund.
While no suspect has been named police are, however, searching for Banks’ ex-boyfriend and the father of her child, Cesar Mazza, who is wanted for a separate case. A warrant was issued for Mazza after he failed to appear in court on May 6 for charges that he assaulted Banks while she was pregnant. Banks had also filed a Protection From Abuse order against Mazza.
Toler said authorities have not labeled Mazza a person of interest, but they are looking for him.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad at 412-323-7161.
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