The community is still in disbelief as family and friends, and even some strangers, prepare to say goodbye to a Penn Hills mother of three who was slain outside of a Homewood bar simply because she rejected a man’s advances.
Funeral arrangements for Janese Talton-Jackson include a viewing on Friday, Jan. 29 at Spriggs and Watson Funeral home from 4-8 p.m., followed by a Homegoing service on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Missionary Community Baptist Church, in Homewood.
Talton-Jackson, 29, was was found fatally shot in the early hours of Jan. 22, outside of Cliff’s Bar on North Lang Avenue, in Homewood, by Zone 5 officers who were responding to a ShotSpotter notification in the area, according to a release from the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department. Police have charged 41-year-old Charles McKinney, also of Penn Hills, with Talton-Jackson’s murder.
Talton-Jackson, a mother of three, was the sister of State Representative Ed Gainey (D-East Liberty).
According to reports, Talton-Jackson, who had been at the bar with friends, had been approached by McKinney multiple times throughout the night and rejected his passes. She then got up to leave, McKinney allegedly followed and shot her outside of the establishment.
While investigating the notification from ShotSpotter, officers saw a vehicle, which was McKinney’s, leaving the area and affected a traffic stop, according to reports. While Officers were speaking with him, they received a dispatch that a woman had been shot near the intersection. Upon hearing that information, the driver sped off and a police chase ensued. During the chase which went through Wilkinsburg, Penn Hills and back through Wilkinsburg, officers fired upon McKinney; he finally stopped after crashing his car into an unoccupied parked vehicle along McNary Boulevard. He was then taken into custody.
In addition to homicide, McKinney is also charged with two counts of aggravated assault, firearms without a license, fleeing or attempting to elude police, two counts of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, and reckless driving. The officers who shot McKinney were placed on administrative leave, per Pittsburgh Bureau of Police protocol, while the matter is investigated.
Talton-Jackson is the first female to be killed in Allegheny County in 2016.