by Rob Taylor Jr., Courier Staff Writer
The New Pittsburgh Courier continues to affirm its stance of decrying the senseless gun violence in our African American communities. The Courier reported last month that while the overall total of homicides in Allegheny County decreased by 15 from 2018 to 2019, the total number of homicide victims that were African Americans actually increased by five, from 73 to 78. This is unacceptable. And so is the violence behind the homicide victims in January. There were three homicides in the county in January—and that’s three too many.
JAN. 1—Ladea Terrell, a 33-year-old Black female, was shot multiple times in Wilkinsburg on Dec. 17, 2019. She died of her injuries on Jan. 1. Terrell was shot around 9 p.m. in the 200 block of Eastgate Drive, which closely borders East Hills. There have been no arrests in the shooting death.
JAN. 10—Issa Noor, an 18-year-old Black male from Grove City, was shot multiple times near Roberts Street and Bedford Avenue in the Hill District around 6:45 p.m. There have been no arrests in the shooting death.
JAN. 12—Joshua Brandon Long, a 22-year-old Black male from West Mifflin, was shot by a homeowner inside a home in Baldwin Borough. The incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Anyone with information on the incident can call the Allegheny County police tip line at 1-833-255-8477.