8 of 12 homicides Black lives… Five homicides in February were Black

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by Rob Taylor Jr., Courier Staff Writer

After three homicides in Allegheny County in January, the homicides spiked to nine in the month of February, the month with the fewest days. It’s very unfortunate that the homicides have failed to stop, and as you’re reading this, there are homicides still occurring. Still, we at the New Pittsburgh Courier will countinue to denounce this type of violence.

Feb. 3—Cindy Woods, a 58-year-old White female from Hays, was killed in an apparent murder-suicide by her son, Douglas Woods, 41, of West Mifflin. Police found the pair inside a duplex on Baldwin Road. Both died of gunshot wounds.

Feb. 3—Kevin Hall, a 23-year-old Black male, was shot and killed while walking with a 5-year-old relative on Winston Street in Wilkinsburg. The incident happened around 1 p.m. near the intersection of Winston Street and Laketon Road. The 5-year-old was not seriously injured.

Feb. 4—Joseph Perlick-Spernak, a 25-year-old White male, was shot and killed after a physical alteration that began inside a home in Clairton. Police believe 28-year-old Gerald Johnson was responsible for the shooting. Johnson remained at the scene as police arrived.

Feb. 9—Anthony Lamarr Orosco, a 20-year-old Black male, was shot and killed while trying to break up a fight between a mother and her son, both of whom were armed with a gun. The incident happened in West Mifflin, as 21-year-old Dante King told police that he shot Orosco, of Pine Knot, Ky.

Feb. 9—Chassity Clancy, a 3-year-old Black female, was shot and killed while sleeping in a home in Beltzhoover. While the shooting death is widely believed to be accidental, 51-year-old Marlin Pritchard, of Beltzhoover, faces homicide, child endangerment and gun charges in connection with the shooting. Pritchard told police he was sleeping with a shotgun under his pillow.

Feb. 16—Jason Lewis, a 39-year-old Black male, was shot and killed while leaving the Sahara Temple after-hours club in Braddock. Lewis died around 12:15 p.m. at UPMC Presbyterian hospital, about nine hours after he was wounded.

Feb. 17—Jeremy Dentel, a 28-year-old White male, was shot and killed, police say by 21-year-old Adam Rosenberg, after the two met in person from a dating app. Dentel was killed with a gunshot to the head in Baldwin Borough. Rosenberg will stand trial on homicide charges.

Feb. 26—David Howard, a 47-year-old White male, was shot and killed, police say by his own son, in Harmar Township. Shane Howard, the 23-year-old son, told police he shot his father after his father badmouthed his girlfriend and their baby.

Feb. 26—Robert Fulton, a 33-year-old Black male, was shot and killed on Taft Avenue in Beltzhoover around 11:30 a.m. No additional information has been made available about this case.

(January homicides—3)

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.

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