88 of 105 homicides Black lives…2014 murder total highest in 5 years

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With an outrageous total of 105 murders taking place in Allegheny County, 2014 was among the deadliest in recent years. Past years’ homicide totals were: 91 in 2013; 96 in 2012; 73 in 2011; 100 in 2010 and 87 in 2009.
Of those 105, 65 took place in Pittsburgh’s city limits, while the other 40 took place in the outlying neighborhoods, such as Penn Hills, Wilkinsburg, McKeesport and Duquesne, which had some of the highest numbers among any of the other neighborhoods outside of the city where murders occurred.
Throughout the year  number of senseless murders took place. Murders like that of former Target hero Hosea Davis, who was gunned down on Rapidan Way in Lincoln-Lemington by accused killer Rodney Howard Jr.; Kaamil Arnold, who was fatally shot by accused killer Zachary Threats while hosting a Fourth of July BBQ at his Tioga Street home in Homewood; the 31-week-old fetus who was killed when his mother, DaRae Delgado, was shot in the stomach by accused shooter Eric Taylor, 15, when all she did was answer a knock at the door; Leroy Powell and Tina Crawford, both of whom were to testify as witnesses in separate cases; Omar Hodges, who was killed while waiting to begin his shift as a city of Pittsburgh Environmental Services employee; and most recently, Lamar and Olivia Gilbert, both of whom were heinously stabbed and dismembered in their Penn Hills home, allegedly by Olivia’s son, Frederick Cooper Harris III.
The 105 homicides do not even include the countless number of shootings that took place throughout the year.
We have got to get this growing epidemic of Black on Black violence under control.
Each month during the year, the New Pittsburgh Courier urged community leaders, the church, the police and public officials to take a stand and make an effort to put an end to the senseless killings. And yes, some have stepped up and made it known, loud and clear, that they are invested in their communities, but it takes more than just a few. Putting an end to the violence takes a collaborative effort from the Black community as a whole.
It’s happening by us, in our communities—we truly are under attack by us. We can’t wait for someone else to clean things up and we can’t continue to watch mothers shed tears over their children being placed in pine boxes or behind steel prison doors. Until we all take action, we can expect  that 2015’s totals will be even higher.
As part of an ongoing effort to heighten awareness about the effects of murder in Black communities, the New Pittsburgh Courier will compile a list of homicides in the County each month. It is our hope that as the list of victims grows, so will a true understanding of how these lost lives affect the mental health, economic well being and self-images of the region’s Black neighborhoods.
Out of the 105 murders in 2014—88 were Black and 81 were Black men.

December Homicides (14)

DEC. 1—Lamount Hall, a 26-year-old Black male from Lincoln-Lemington, was found shot to death inside of a parked vehicle in the 1300 block of Manning Street in Lincoln-Lemington. A female was also shot and taken to a local hospital. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
DEC.5—Saleh Robinson, a 35-year-old Black male from Pittsburgh, was found with multiple gunshot wounds near the intersection of Susquehanna and Pitt Streets in Wilkinsburg. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
DEC. 9—Dewayne Henley, a 22-year-old Black male from North Side, was fatally shot in the chest at a home in the 900 block of Woodlow Street in Crafton Heights. He ran, but collapsed a block away from the scene. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
DEC. 13—William Jackson-Bosley, a 22-year-old Black male from Swissvale, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the neck in the 900 block of Taft Avenue in Beltzhoover. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
DEC. 13—Trinel Bikus, an 18-year-old Black male from Pittsburgh, was found shot to death in a vacant home on Singer Place in Homewood. He had been reported as missing since Nov. 23. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
DEC. 16—Alan White, a 44-year-old Black male from Wilkinsburg, was found fatally shot at a home in the 1500 block of Grandview Avenue in North Braddock. The homeowner allegedly caught White trying to steal plumbing from the home and shot White after he attacked him. It is unknown if the homeowner will be charged.
DEC. 17—Charles Coleman, a 32-year-old Black male from Allentown, was fatally shot while at a bar in the 1500 block of Lincoln Avenue in the Lincoln-Lemington section of Pittsburgh. Coleman was pronounced dead at the scene. Another male was also shot and taken to a local hospital. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
DEC. 17—Lamar Gilbert Sr., a 76-year-old Black male from Penn Hills, was stabbed to death and dismembered along with his wife, Olivia Gilbert, in their Suncrest Drive home in Penn Hills. Police had discovered the killings during a requested welfare check. Olivia’s son, Frederick Cooper Harris III, allegedly stabbed the couple, dismembered their bodies and stuffed them in garbage cans inside the home. Only parts of the bodies were found; it’s believed other parts were taken during garbage collection, just days before authorities had discovered the killings. Harris is charged with two counts of homicide and abuse of a corpse. He is awaiting trial.
DEC. 17—Olivia Gilbert, a 73-year-old Black female from Penn Hills, was found stabbed to death and dismembered along with her husband, Lamar Gilbert Sr., in their Suncrest Drive home in Penn Hills. Police had discovered the bodies while conducting a welfare check at the request of her daughter. Frederick Cooper Harris III, Olivia’s son, allegedly stabbed the couple, dismembered their bodies and stuffed them in garbage cans inside the home. Only parts of the bodies were found; it’s believed other parts were taken during garbage collection, just days before authorities had discovered the killings. Harris is charged with two counts of homicide and abuse of a corpse. He is awaiting trial.
DEC. 20—Jordan Kearney, a 20-year-old Black male from Stanton Heights, was found shot to death in a parked vehicle in the parking lot of Sunnyside Elementary School, located at 4801 Stanton Ave., in Stanton Heights. He had been dead in the vehicle for hours before it was discovered. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
DEC. 24—Devin Jackson, a 23-year-old Black male from Homewood, was found dead in an alley near the intersection of North Murtland Street and Felicia Way in Homewood. Jackson’s death is reportedly related to an incident where a man attempted to sexually assault two girls hours earlier. No one was charged; the investigation is ongoing.
DEC. 27—Kimberly Waller, a 43-year-old Black female from East Liberty, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in a car on Dove Street in the South Side. Waller’s vehicle had crashed into a pole. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
DEC. 29—Kierre Simmons, a 25-year-old Black male from Shadyside, was fatally shot while playing video games at an apartment on Rebecca Avenue in North Braddock. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died. Two other men were also shot. Reportedly, a group of young men had been playing video games when two tried to rob the others. Fredderick Holland and Justin Gomez are charged with criminal homicide. Gomez faces additional charges. They are awaiting trial.
DEC. 30—Maureen Karr, a 56-year-old White female from Duquesne, died from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning after her home on Friendship Street, in Duquesne, was set on fire. Karr’s estranged husband, Jim Karr, confessed to binding her hands behind her back, pouring vodka on her body and lighting the home on fire after the two had gotten into an argument. Maureen was in the process of obtaining a long-term Protection From Abuse order. Jim is charged with homicide and arson.

November Homicides (3)

NOV. 1—Joshua Poremski, a 27-year-old White male from Upper St. Clair, was fatally shot in the head and neck on Myrna Drive in Upper St. Clair while having a discussion with his cousin Stephanie Munizza about her getting a concealed-carry permit. According to reports, witnesses said that Poremski had handed Munizza his gun, which he said earlier was unloaded, and asked if she could handle shooting someone. Munizza gripped the gun, pointed it at him and it went off. The two had allegedly been drinking throughout the evening. Munizza, of Missouri, is charged with third-degree homicide and manslaughter. She is awaiting trial.
NOV. 17—Diondre Dozier, a 17-year-old Black male from Sheraden, was fatally shot in the chest during a shooting incident on Zephyr Street in Sheraden. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
NOV. 17—Martin Brown Jr., an 18-year-old Black male from Crafton Heights, was found shot to death on Glen Mawr Avenue hours after a reported shooting on Zephyr Street, both in Sheraden. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

October Homicides (10)

OCT. 5—Reginald Turner, an 18-year-old Black male from the North Side, was found on Oct. 4 with a fatal gunshot wound to the head in the stairwell of the New Pennley Place apartment complex on Penn Avenue, in East Liberty, by police officers who were responding to a call of shots fired. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital where he died hours later. A second male was also found; he had a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the am. Copeland Tyler has been charged with criminal homicide and firearms not to be carried without a license. He is awaiting trial.
OCT. 8—Eric Young, a 17-year-old Black male from the Hill District, was shot to death outside his Morgan Street home in the Hill District as he was leaving his residence, alongside his mother, to go to school at Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12 School. It has been reported that he was targeted. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
OCT. 11—Robert Wilson, a 35-year-old Black male from East Liberty, was fatally shot during an altercation at the home of his child’s mother in the 600 block of Hale Street in Homewood. He allegedly got into an altercation with the woman’s current boyfriend while at the house asking to see his daughter. Herbert Hart has been charged with homicide.
OCT. 11—Taimiel Watson, a 40-year-old Black male reportedly from Chicago, was found with a fatal gunshot wound in the face while in a crashed vehicle in the 100 block of West Warrington Avenue in Beltzhoover. He was taken to UPMC Mercy where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
OCT. 13—Omar Hodges, a 29-year-old Black male from the Hill District, was shot multiple times as he sat in his vehicle at the intersection of Birmingham Avenue and Brownsville Road waiting to begin his shift as a city of Pittsburgh Environmental Services employee. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
OCT. 13—Marcus Critten, a 22-year-old Black male from Hazelwood, was shot to death near Johnston Avenues and Rosselle Drive, in Glen Hazel, as he was chased on foot by two men who allegedly got out of a vehicle and began pursuing Critten. A second person was wounded and taken to a local hospital; he is expected to recover. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
OCT. 14—Leonard Butler, a 44-year-old Black male from Elliot, was found shot to death in the basement of his Elliot home on Lakewood Street after a home invasion. Derek Lee Scott was charged with criminal homicide, criminal conspiracy, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and more. He is currently awaiting trial.
OCT. 23—Laron Howard, a 35-year-old Black male of Duquesne, was found fatally stabbed in the chest, in the kitchen of the home he shared with his live-in girlfriend, Brooke Coleman, at 613 Fifth Avenue in Duquesne. The couple had allegedly been in a domestic dispute when he was stabbed. Howard was taken to UPMC McKeesport where he later died. Coleman has been charged with homicide and is awaiting trial.
OCT. 24—Ronnell Smith, a 25-year-old Black male from McKeesport, was shot multiple times through the driver’s side of his SUV as he was leaving the Lee Tuck Lounge in the 100 block of Steuben Street in the West End. Two men were reportedly seen running away from the scene. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
OCT. 26—Tyray Evans, a 22-year-old Black male from Virginia, was shot multiple times, including fatally in his mid-section, in the 600 block of Pleasant Ridge Road in Stowe Township. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital where he later died. Desmond Wilson has been charged with homicide and firearms violation, and is awaiting his trial

September Homicides (9)

SEPT. 5—Theresa Smith, a 28-year-ol White female from Penn Hills, was fatally shot in the head outside of Allegheny Auto Body on Verona Road, in Penn Hills, during an argument with her boyfriend’s father, William Lieberth Sr. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene; she had two sons and was pregnant with another child. Lieberth reportedly shot himself after shooting Smith; he died days later at a local hospital.
SEPT. 10—Vernon Rogers, a 16-year-old Black male from Homewood, was found shot to death with multiple gunshot wounds near Braddock and North Braddock Avenues, in Braddock, near an old, unused bridge. He had been discovered by an individual on their way to work. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
SEPT. 10—Lynneil Williams, a 31-year-old Black male from the North Side, was fatally shot in the chest while at the Fireside Caribbean Restaurant in the 700 block of Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
SEPT. 11—Lanair Roberts Jr., a 19-year-old Black male from the North Side, was found fatally shot in the 4000 block of Perrysville Avenue in the North Side. He was taken to Allegheny General where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
SEPT. 15—Jarome Coker, a 21-year-old Black male from Penn Hills, was fatally shot while getting out of his car outside of his home in the 8000 block of Thon Drive in Penn Hills. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
SEPT. 17—Jeffrey Brown, a 47-year-old Black male from Massachusetts, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in an empty lot near the 7300 block of Hermitage Street in Homewood. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
SEPT. 21—Corey Clark, a 23-year-old Black male from Penn Hills, was fatally shot while at Cliff’s Bar and Grill at the intersection of North Lang Avenue and Upland Street in Homewood. A gunman entered the bar, which was filled with individuals watching a Steelers game, and opened fire on Clark. No one else was injured. Clark had previously been charged in a fatal March shooting, but was later released after evidence proved he did not shoot the victim. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
SEPT. 23—Jermaine Oden, a 39-year-old Black male from Elizabeth, was shot multiple time at the intersection of Ninth and Locust Streets in McKeesport after a reported altercation with an unidentified male. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
SEPT. 28—Laray Jones, a 33-year-old Black male from Jeannette, Pa., was fatally shot multiple times after reportedly entering his estranged wife’s home in the 200 block of Radcliffe Street in Esplen. The woman’s boyfriend came down the steps and fired shots. It is unknown if charges have been filed against the boyfriend.
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August Homicides (12)

AUG. 1—Maurice Freeman, a 21-year-old Black male from Northview Heights, was fatally shot multiple times in the 100 block of Hazlett Street in the Northview Heights Housing Complex, on the North Side, after playing a game of basketball. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital where he later died. Paul Kendrick has been charged with criminal homicide and criminal conspiracy. He is currently awaiting trial.
AUG. 2—Tyrone Tomman, a 40-year-old Black male from Pittsburgh, was fatally shot outside of Arts Tavern, located at 2852 Penn Ave., in the Strip District, after a reported confrontation between males from the Pittsburgh Gentleman for Homewood motorcycle club and a group of individuals from the North Side. As the two groups were leaving, it is reported that the North Side group began to open fire on the motorcycle club members. Tomman died at the scene; others were seriously wounded and taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
AUG. 3—James Nelson, a 33-year-old Black male from North Side, was found dead in the woods near Penfort Street. He was reportedly shot and then his body burned. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
AUG. 6—Leroy Powell, a 15-year-old Black male from Duquesne, was shot to death near his home in the 1000 block of Crawford Avenue, in Duquesne. It is believed to have been an ambush. Powell, who testified in a trial against a teen who is accused of shooting a pregnant teen and killing her unborn child, reportedly received a call, ran outside and was shot shortly after. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
AUG. 6—Micah Goodman, a 41-year-old Black male from Wilkinsburg, was fatally shot while on the porch of a friend’s Wilkinsburg home in the 1700 block of Wesley Street. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
AUG. 10—Anthony Robertson, a 37-year-old Black male from McKeesport, was fatally shot while sitting outside of the Harrison Village Housing Complex on Market Street in McKeesport. He was taken to UPMC McKeesport where he later died. It has been reported that it may have been retaliation for a prior shooting in Duquesne. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
AUG. 16—Delicious Jones, a 32-year-old Black female from Wilkins Township, was found fatally stabbed in the head, neck and body, and severely beaten in a wooded area across from her home on McMasters Avenue in Wilkins Township. She reportedly had been in an altercation with her boyfriend, William Arrington. He is believed to have killed her and then dumped her body. Arrington was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest and later died.
AUG. 19—Christopher Moss, a 38-year-old Black male from Penn Hills, was fatally shot in the abdomen at an apartment in the 8500 block of Frankstown Road in Penn Hills during an Aug. 17 incident. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where he died two days later. He was reportedly shot after an altercation with Darshele Johnson. Authorities have charged Johnson with criminal homicide and carrying a firearm without a license. Johnson is awaiting trial. (This name was not provided to the New Pittsburgh Courier by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office for its original August reportings.)
AUG. 21—Brian Hall, an 18-year-old Black male from Penn Hills, was found dead in the 400 block of North Dunfermline Street, in Homewood, by a person-walking pass. He was shot multiple times. He was reportedly wanted for a May 2013 shooting in Wilkinsburg. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
AUG. 22—Tina Crawford, a 34-year-old Black female from the Hill District, was fatally shot multiple times while in the garage of her Cherokee Street home in the Hill District. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Crawford’s mother was also wounded. Crawford was reportedly a witness in a drug case. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
AUG. 29—Delrio Ivy, a 58-year-old Black male from the North Side, was found with a multiple stab wounds at the Giant Eagle on Cedar Avenue in the North Side. He had reportedly had a confrontation with another male. He was taken to Allegheny General where he later died. David Umstead has been charged with homicide and is awaiting his trial.
AUG. 30—Nathaniel Humphrey, a 32-year-old Black male from McKeesport, was found shot to death in the head near Fleming Avenue in Stowe Township. He was discovered in a wooded area. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing. (This name was not provided to the New Pittsburgh Courier by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office for its original August reportings.)

July Homicides (15)

JULY 4—Kaamil Arnold, a 30-year-old Black male from Homewood, was shot multiple times in his Tioga Street home, in Homewood, during a backyard cook-out he was hosting. Two men walked into his home and shot him in the kitchen. A warrant has been issued for Zachary Threats. He is charged with homicide, carrying a gun without a license and burglary. He is awaiting trial.
JULY 5—Alan Krupitzer, a 75-year-old White male from Brookline, was found fatally stabbed multiple times in his Brookline home, in the 2300 block of Pioneer Avenue, after an altercation with his alleged roommate Christopher Richardson. The two men had reportedly argued when Richardson asked Krupitzer for money and denied he had any. Richardson allegedly stabbed Krupitzer and then went through his pockets where he found no money. Richardson has been charged with homicide and robbery.
JULY 6—Derek Frye, a 22-year-old Black male from Fineview, was fatally stabbed in the chest after an alleged altercation with his mother’s boyfriend, Michael Monroe, in his Fineview home in the 1700 block of Belleau Drive. Monroe reportedly argued with Frye’s mother, chocked her, left the bedroom and returned with a bloody knife, threatening her. When she fled the room, she saw her son unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Monroe has been charged with criminal homicide, simple assault and terroristic threats. He is awaiting trial.
JULY 8—Nancy Whiteside, an 82-year-old White female from Moon Township, was found dead, along with her husband Donald, in their home at 1030 Sandhurst Dr., in Moon Township. Whiteside was allegedly killed by her husband and the incident has been ruled a murder-suicide.
JULY 12—Kevin Gibson, a 21-year-old Black male from Wilkinsburg, was found with multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle on Hill Avenue in Wilkinsburg, after an apparent drive-by shooting. One other person was also injured. Gibson was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JULY 13—Lavar Rich, a 23-year-old Black male from New Kensington, was found dead, face down in a grassy area, with multiple gunshot wounds to the trunk near Brushton Avenue and Race Street in Homewood. He was reportedly visiting his girlfriend’s family when he was killed. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JULY 13—Derrick Miles, a 44-year-old Black male from McKees Rocks, was found shot and lying in the street near Allen and Manton Way in Allentown. He was taken to UPMC Mercy where he later died. He had allegedly been in an altercation earlier in the evening outside of Stretch Bar on East Warrington Avenue. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JULY 16—Victor Robinson, a 29-year-old Black male from Arlington, was found dead at a home on Amanda Street in Arlington. He reportedly may have been moving out of the home when he was killed. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JULY 17—Naytel Pack, a 17-year-old Black male from Garfield, was found shot multiple times in the torso at Nelson Mandela Peace Park near Broad Street in Garfield. He died on his way to the hospital. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JULY 21—John Parkes, a 59-year-old White male from Kennedy Township, was found shot to death by his live-in girlfriend, at his Poplar Street home in Kennedy Township. It is believed he was shot during a robbery. Michael Lapaglia, the nephew of Parke’s girlfriend, has been charged with his death. Lapaglia reportedly attempted to sell the stolen items to a pawnshop and was later identified. He is charged with criminal homicide, robbery and burglary. He is awaiting trial
JULY 22—David Calhoun, a 31-year-old Black male from Carrick, was fatally shot at a Carrick apartment building during an alleged home invasion in the 20 block of Merritt Avenue. He and another male, who was also shot, were allegedly attempting to rob the home when the renters shot them. Police found Calhoun dead at the scene and the other male, later identified as Christopher Thomas, was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital. The shooter will not be charged. Thomas, however, has been charged with carrying a firearm without a license, persons not to possess a firearm, aggravated assault, burglary, robbery, and criminal conspiracy. There was a warrant for his arrest in connection with an April rape. He is awaiting trial.
JULY 22—Glenn Walker, also reported as Glenn Walker Jr., a 39-year-old Black male from McKeesport, was fatally shot outside a vacant Homewood building in the 500 block of Albion Street. Walker and two other men had reportedly been discussing construction work when an argument ensued. Walker died and another man, who was shot in the eye, was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JULY 27—James Payne, a 58-year-old White male from Turtle Creek, died of head trauma he received while trying to break up a domestic dispute in front of his home in the 1200 block of Chestnut Street in Turtle Creek. Payne’s neighbor, Danny Washington, was allegedly assaulting his wife, when Payne intervened and was struck in the head. Payne was taken to Forbes Regional Hospital where he later died. Washington is expected to face homicide charges along with assault charges.
JULY 30—Eugene David, also reported as Eugene T. David Jr., a 19-year-old Black male from Braddock, was found shot to death, laying in the street in the 300 block of Penfort Street, in the Northview Heights Housing Complex. Reportedly, two groups had been arguing when an individual from one of the groups opened fire on the other group. David was pronounced dead at the scene. Another person was wounded and taken to Allegheny General. David was reportedly waiting to stand trial in September for another incident. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JULY 31—Mark Williams, a 48-year-old Black male from the Hill District, was found shot to death in the 7300 block of Braddock Street in Homewood. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

June Homicides (6)

JUNE 1—Clayton Brunson, a 27-year-old Black male from Spring Hill, was shot at least once in the abdomen while at Ficklin’s Bar in the 1500 block of Fifth Avenue, in Uptown. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he later died. Another man was also shot. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JUNE 3—Frankie Trammell, a 24-year-old Black male from the Hill District, was fatally shot in the chest on Chauncey Drive, of the Hill District, in the Bedford Dwellings housing complex. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where he later died. Keith Watson, who was arrested while being detained in the county jail for an unrelated incident, has been charged with Trammeil’s homicide. He is awaiting trial.
JUNE 9—Marguerite Davis, a 79-year-old Black female from Duquesne, was hit in the head with a vodka bottle and fatally stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife after an altercation with her son, Rodney Davis, in her home at 319 S. Second St., in Duquesne. Rodney Davis reportedly hit and stabbed his mother after she hit him in the hand. He is charged with homicide and is currently awaiting trial.
JUNE 18—Jose Negron Fernandez, a 21-year-old Hispanic male, was found shot to death in the 100 block of Third Street in Penn Hills after an alleged drug deal gone bad. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Traevon Nicholson and Marshall Thompson have been charged with homicide, conspiracy and weapons violations. They are currently awaiting trial.
JUNE 19—Nathan Hurrell, an 18-year-old White male from Penn Hills, was shot in the head when his friend, Damon Franklin’s gun discharged at Franklin’s Springwood Drive home in Penn Hills. According to previous reports, Hurrell, Franklin and some other friends were hanging out on the back porch, drinking beer and playing with a few guns that had been recovered and returned to Franklin earlier in the day. Franklin had, allegedly, been checking to see if the semi-automatic rifle had been loaded when it discharged, hitting Hurrell. Franklin has been charged with homicide and is currently awaiting trial.
JUNE 23—Andre Roberts, a 23-year-old Black male from the Hill District, was fatally shot in the back while in his car in the 2400 block of Webster Avenue, in the Hill District. After being shot, he allegedly got out of the vehicle, ran and collapsed. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

May Homicides (6)

MAY 3—Michael Wilson, a 32-year-old Black male from McKees Rocks, was shot multiple times during a party on Penfort Street at the Northview Heights Housing Complex in North Side. The party, which was winding down, was an annual event held to remember someone who had been slain in January 2012. Wilson was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
MAY 11—Jeffrey Jackson, a 38-year-old Black male from Verona, was found shot multiple times in the trunk outside of the Art House, an art center for youth, at 7743 Frankstown Avenue in Homewood. Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene. Tariq Long has been charged with Jackson’s murder. He is currently in the Allegheny County Jail for an unrelated incident.
MAY 17—Tezjuan Taylor, a 20-year-old Black male from McKeesport, was shot multiple times in the head, shoulder and chest on Lysle Avenue in McKeesport. It has been reported that an incident occurred earlier at the Beer Barrel bar involving Taylor, his friend and two other men. Jason Webb, 19, has been charged with homicide and is awaiting trial.
MAY 18—Darryl Terry, a 50-year-old Black male from Sheradan, was found with a gunshot wound to the head after an attempted robbery at his business, the Allendale Market, located at 3333 Allendale St., in Sheradan. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Another woman, who may have been a witness, was also shot, but is expected to live. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
MAY 26—The fetus of DaRae Delgado, a 31 week Black male from Duquesne, was fatally shot and killed when someone shot his pregnant 15-year-old mother DaRae Delgado when she answered the door at her Duquesne home in the 100 block of Friendship Street. Someone knocked on the door, covered the peephole with their hand and then fired shots when she opened the door, hitting her multiple times including in the stomach. She was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital; where the fetus died. Reportedly the fetus saved his mother’s life by slowing the bullet when it hit him as it traveled through her. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
MAY 28—Earnest Williams, an 18-year-old Black male from the Hill District, was fatally shot in the back in the 800 block of Memory Lane in the Hill District. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital; where he later died. Williams was expected to graduate in a week from University Prep. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
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April Homicides (10)

APRIL 1—Luke Schlemmer, a 3-year-old White male from McCandless, died from drowning while taking a bath in his family’s home in the 9500 block of Saratoga Drive in McCandless. He was taken to UPMC Passavant; where he later died. Schlemmer reportedly was taking a bath with his 6-year-old brother, Daniel Schlemmer, when their mother sat on then to hold them under water after allegedly hearing voices in her head. Daniel Schlemmer also died. Laurel Michelle Schlemmer is charged with two counts of criminal homicide and a possibility of other crimes. She was found mentally incompetent to stand trial and was ordered to a state mental hospital until further review.
APRIL 5—Daniel Schlemmer, a 6-year-old White male from McCandless, died days after being held under the water while taking a bath in his family’s Saratoga Drive home in McCandless on April 1. He was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; where he had been on life support and later died. Luke Schlemmer also died. Schlemmer was taking a bath with his 3-year-old brother, Luke Schlemmer, when their mother allegedly sat on them to hold them under water after she allegedly heard voices in her head. Laurel Michelle Schlemmer is charged with two counts of criminal homicide and could possibly face other charges. She was found to be mentally incompetent to stand trial and was ordered to a state mental hospital until further review.
APRIL 10—Lee Williams, a 46-year-old Black male from Braddock, was fatally shot in the chest while visiting a friend’s apartment in the Hawkins Village housing complex in Rankin. It’s been reported that several men entered the apartment, attempting to rob the home and the individuals. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
APRIL 18—Leonard Young, a 33-year-old Black male from Larimer, was found shot to death with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, in a vehicle near the intersection of Paulson Avenue and Mayflower Street, across from Mt. Ararat Baptist Church. The vehicle he was found in reportedly belonged to his girlfriend and was parked between the church’s van. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
APRIL 20—Edward Deakings, a 24-year-old Black male from Wilkinsburg, was fatally shot during a birthday party at a playground at the former Chartiers Elementary School on Summerdale Street in Windgap. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital; where he later died. One other person was injured. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
APRIL 21—Adrian Williams, a 29-year-old Black male from Beechview, was shot in the upper torso and killed by a Pittsburgh police officer during a reported chase that began with a traffic stop at the intersection of Hamilton and Fifth Avenues, and ended on Penn Avenue near South Trenton Avenue in Wilkinsburg. Williams crashed into a brick wall. Williams allegedly had a gun and refused officer’s commands to put the weapon down. The Pittsburgh police officer has been put on administrative leave, which is protocol, and the incident is under investigation.
APRIL 21—Trijuan Williams, a 17-year-old Black male from Munhall, was fatally shot in the chest through the window of a house on Martha Street in Munhall. He died at the scene. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
APRIL 24—Michael Burkes, a 32-year-old Black male from Elliot, was found unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds on the front porch of his home in the 1000 block of Morena Street in Elliot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
APRIL 27—Andrew McMunn, a 23-year-old White male from Blawnox, was found dead with blunt force trauma to the head and multiple stab wounds to the neck and chest in a ravine near a building in the 600 block of Melwood Avenue in Oakland. It has been reported that McMunn may have been tortured before his killing. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
APRIL 30—Lauren Williams, a 20-year-old Black female from Pittsburgh, was shot and killed while leaving a home on Kincaid Street in Garfield. She was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital; where she later died. She was also three months pregnant. Williams was allegedly killed by her boyfriend Kerrese Law­rence who reportedly was bragging about the incident on a social media website. They had allegedly had a previous altercation where Lawrence threatened Williams. A warrant had been issued for Lawrence in the killing of Williams. Authorities received a tip that Lawrence, who had been on the run, was at a home in Homewood. After a standoff, authorities entered the home and reportedly found Lawrence dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

March Homicides (6)

MARCH 1—Vincent Holt Jr., a 27-year-old Black male from Homewood, was shot to death in the rendezvous Phase III bar in the 7300 block of Hamilton Avenue in Homewood. Holt was pronounced dead at the scene, four others were injured. One person was charged, then charges were later dropped. No one new has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
MARCH 24—Kenneth Lampkin, also reported as Kenneth Lampkin by the Office of the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, a 16-year-old Black male from Knoxville, was fatally shot in the head by his friend on March 22 during an alleged game of “army” at his Knoxville home on Zara Street. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital where he died days later. Joseph Robinson Jr. has been charged as an adult with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence, a firearms violation and criminal homicide.
MARCH 24—Rasheed Strader, an 18-year-old Black male from Troy Hill, died from a single gunshot wound to the chest outside of his mother’s home on Goettman Street in Troy Hill. He was found between two vehicles and pronounced dead at the scene. An arrest warrant has been issued for Theodore Smedley, in connection with Strader’s death; he is still on the run.
MARCH 25—Jamarow Trowery, a 36-year-old Black male from Wilkinsburg was found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest in an SUV that had crashed into the back of Radiant Life Alliance Church on Kincaid Street in Garfield. He and another person, Rashad Freeman, were shot to death in the vehicle, while allegedly going to pick up another person. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
MARCH 25—Rashad Freeman, an 18-year-old Black male from Verona, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the neck in an SUV that had crashed into Radiant Life Alliance Church on Kincaid Street in Garfield. He and another male, Jamarow Trowery, were shot while in the vehicle. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
MARCH 29—Tymere Pryor, a 17-year-old Black male from Pittsburgh, was found with a gunshot wound to the back of his head by pedestrians on a set of steps near Webster Avenue and Orion Street in the Hill District. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where he later died. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

February Homicides (5)

FEB. 8—Susan Wolfe, a 44-year-old White female from East Liberty, was found shot to death, along with her sister Sarah Wolfe, in the basement of the home they shared together in the 700 block of Chislett Street, in East Liberty. Officers were dispatched to the home after a report that one of the females did not show up to work. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
FEB. 8—Sarah Wolfe, a 38-year-old White female from East Liberty, was found shot to death, along with her sister Susan Wolfe, in the basement of their Chislett Street home in East Liberty. The women were found by officers, when they went to the home after receiving reports that one of the females did not show up to work. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
FEB. 11—Richard Didonato, a 66-year-old White male from Bellevue, was found lying on the sidewalk, in the 1200 block of Woodland Avenue, on the North Side, with a fatal gunshot wound to the torso. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he later died. Other media have reported that it may have been a robbery gone wrong. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
FEB. 19—Orlando Ferguson, a 20-year-old Black male from McKees Rocks, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in front of a building in the Uansa Village housing complex near Helen and Robb Street in McKees Rocks. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he later died. Trevon Kendrick is charged with Ferguson’s homicide, along with conspiracy and two gun violation charges. He is currently awaiting his trial.
FEB. 23—Kenneth Stubbs, a 53-year-old Black male from East Liberty, was found shot to death in a wooded area near Manilla and Hilda Streets in Penn Hills. Stubbs was a Pittsburgh business owner. It was reported that he was dead for hours before he was found. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.

January Homicides (9)

JAN. 9—Imani Porter, a 20-year-old Black male from Point Breeze, was found fatally shot in the head in the driver’s side of his vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Steak ‘n Shake restaurant, in Homestead, after an alleged drug deal gone bad. Porter reportedly met with two males to sell them heroine; when they entered the vehicle they pulled out a gun and one of the males shot him in the head. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital; where he later died. Jaron Young, who will be charged as an adult, and Paul Sanders have been charged with criminal homicide, robbery and conspiracy. Young is awaiting trial and Sanders has not been apprehended.
JAN. 15—Amy Gorsuch, a 40-year-old White female from Pittsburgh was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head, at the residence she once shared with her estranged husband, Richard Gorsuch, on Dinsmore Avenue in Crafton. Gorsuch and Richard Gorsuch had reportedly been separated for months. Gorsuch allegedly went to the home after an evening with her brother, while their three children were at her father’s house, where she had been living. After she did not return, her father went to the house and found her body, along with Richard Gorsuch’s body. Richard Gorsuch allegedly shot her and then himself. It has been ruled a murder-suicide.
JAN. 16—Frederick Douglas Jr., of Homewood, was found lying on the ground in the 7100 block of Kedron Street, in Homewood, with gunshot wounds to his stomach and leg. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
JAN. 20—Hosea Davis, a 37-year-old Black male from Penn Hills, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso in the middle of an alley in the 6400 block of Rapidan Way in Larimer. Davis was reportedly shot and then shot several additional times at close range while he was already on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have charged Rodney Howard with criminal homicide and he is awaiting trial.
JAN. 23—Catherine Willett, a 79-year-old White female from Bloomfield was found in the bedroom of their home at 4650 Rosina Way in Bloomfield with a gunshot wound. Her husband, Phillip Willett, reportedly was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. He allegedly shot her and then tried to shoot himself, but the gun jammed. He is charged with criminal homicide and is awaiting trial.
JAN. 23—Cheralynn Sabatasso, a 36-year-old Black female from Knoxville, was found shot in the head in the driver’s seat, along with Jason Eubanks, at the intersection of Grimes Avenue and Zara Street, in Knoxville. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Antoine Ward is charged with two counts of criminal homicide and two counts of firearms violation.
JAN. 23—Jason Eubanks, a 36-year-old Black male from Knoxville, was found shot in the head in the passenger’s side of a vehicle, along with Cheralynn Sabatasso, at the intersection of Grimes Avenue and Zara Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Antoine Ward is charged with two counts of criminal homicide and two counts of firearms violation.
JAN. 27—Charles Hull, a 56-year-old Black male from Penn Hills, was shot and killed by a Penn Hills police officer during a standoff at a home in the 10000 block of Calvin Street in Penn Hills. Hull reportedly went to the home of his girlfriend and fired shots into the home. When police arrived, Hull was in the house and his girlfriend ran outside to safety. As they assisted her to safety, Hull allegedly emerged with a gun and aiming it at officers. After ignoring several commands to put down the weapon, Hull was shot. He was taken to a local hospital; where he later died. It was reported by other media outlets that Hull may have been upset because he was going to be arraigned soon for an incident that occurred in October 2013. The officer has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is further investigated, which is standard protocol.
JAN. 28—Susan Sidney, a 25-year-old Black female from McKeesport, was found fatally shot in the chest and arm in the 900 block of McCleary Street, in McKeesport, while walking with a male to a convenience store. Sidney was taken to UPMC McKeesport Hospital; where she later died. It is believed she was not the intended target, but that the male she was walking with was. No one has been charged; the investigation is ongoing.
 
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