On June 3, Richard West-Gray was riding on Route 65 out of Pittsburgh on the way to his girlfriend’s apartment in McKees Rocks in her cousin Carlton Watson’s car.
They did not even get to the McKees Rocks Bridge. Just before 5 a.m., someone shot them both multiple times from the passenger side of the car. By the time police arrived, Watson, 24, and West-Gray, 26, had died from their injuries.
In the nearly four months that have passed since the killing, Gray’s mother Louise Gray and his Great Aunt Davine Bundridge said they haven’t learned anything more from police and are worried that the investigation is being put on the back burner as new homicide cases take precedent.
“Richard was murdered June 3 and we haven’t heard a thing since,” said Bundridge. “Louise has been calling them weekly. We don’t know if it’s ongoing or if nothing is going on. It looks to me like (the police) aren’t doing a damned thing.”
“Through the end of August, 58 Black lives have been taken in Pittsburgh,” she added. “Well, one of those 58 was Richard. He’s not just a statistic.”
Gray said her son was not part of the thug life, he had a job at Target and was continuing to try to launch a rap career under the name “Shooter Rich,” unlike his fraternal twin brother Rufus, who is serving time in Western Penitentiary.