There were two statistical anomalies in June’s homicide numbers. First, two of the victims were over 30, and one of them over 40. Second, and more to the point, none of the victims were White, or Hispanic, or Asian. All six of June’s Allegheny County homicide victims were African Americans.
JUNE 2—Dedric Ellis, a 48-year-old Black male, was found in his wrecked SUV, which had flipped over on McClure Avenue. He had been shot multiple times. Five days later, Pittsburgh Police arrested Melvin Russaw of Perry South for the crime. He remains in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting trial on homicide charges.
JUNE 2—Makebia Morgan, a 34-year-old Black female, was found stabbed to death in the basement of a home on Francis Court in the Hill District. Quincy Fuqua, 31, was arrested at the scene. He remains in the Allegheny County jail pending trial.
JUNE 4–Shayne Abrams, a 23-year-old Black male, was found shot in his vehicle after it had crashed into a house in the 1500 block of Manhattan Street in Manchester. Police have not yet named a suspect. The investigation continues.
JUNE 19–Diaz Petty, a 24-year-old Black male, was found fatally shot on the sidewalk in the 900 block of Lysle Boulevard in McKeesport. County homicide detective have not yet identified a suspect. The investigation continues.
JUNE 23–Donald Taymer, a 17-year-old Black male, was fatally shot at the intersection of Paulson Avenue and Dean Street in Lincoln-Lemington. After a standoff a few hours later at a nearby house —which police said was “related to” the shooting—four individuals were taken into custody along with a cache of drugs. However, charges have yet to be filed in Taymer’s death.