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Police examine video of McNerney beating

| Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, 7:27 a.m.
Eric Felack, Valley News Dispatch
The family of Tim McNerney consoles each other after the funeral for the murdered Washington and Jefferson football player at Holy Selpucher Church in Middlesex on Tuesday. Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Eric Felack, Valley News Dispatch
The casket of murdered Washington and Jefferson football player Tim McNerney is taken into Holy Selpucher Church in Middlesex for his funeral on Tuesday. Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Eric Felack, Valley News Dispatch
A Washington and Jefferson football teammate of Tim McNerney looks skyward and holds up five fingers for his jersey number after the funeral for the murdered football player at Holy Selpucher Church in Middlesex on Tuesday. Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Eric Felack, Valley News Dispatch
Washington and Jefferson football teammates of Tim McNerney console each other and hold up five fingers for his jersey number after the funeral for the murdered football player at Holy Selpucher Church in Middlesex on Tuesday. Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch

Surveillance video of the beating death of a Washington & Jefferson College football player shows several people in the area when the crime occurred, Washington police Chief Robert Lemons said Tuesday.

“We can't judge anything off it,” he said. Lemons declined to elaborate.

Running back Timothy McNerney, 21, a Knoch High School graduate and resident of Penn Township, Butler County, was beaten to death in an apparent robbery while walking home from a bar about 2:30 a.m. Thursday with fellow football player Zach DeCicco, 22, of Jefferson Hills. McNerney was found about 90 minutes after being attacked. He was pronounced dead at The Washington Hospital.

DeCicco, who suffered a broken nose and bruises, told police that he fought with three men who tried to steal his cell phone, police said.

The senior defensive back said he managed to break free and run back to his dormitory, where he told friends what happened. He then called campus police, who called city police at 2:54 a.m.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

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