Teen killed in McKeesport
Homicide detectives are searching for those responsible for gunning down a McKeesport Area High School sophomore on Friday afternoon.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office identified the teen as 18-year-old Kellcy Thomas, who was shot in the upper chest at 3:35 p.m. in the 1400 block of Evans Street. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.
“He was just a little boy lying there,” said Evans Street resident Naida McDaniel, who came out of her home and saw Thomas in the street. “He was a teenager, but he was a baby. That's just outrageous. That was so sad. I just started crying.”
Residents gathered along Evans and neighboring streets to watch the investigation and to talk about changing times when violence seems to be more prevalent.
“This used to be such a quiet neighborhood,” said Erica Griffin, noting she moved to Evans Street 22 years ago. “Last summer, it was scary. You couldn't even sit outside for fear you'll get shot.”
Allegheny County Homicide detectives joined McKeesport police, scouring the area in search of evidence and potential witnesses. Officials had not released any description of a suspect or suspects at presstime.
The school district released a statement in the wake of the tragedy. It read, “The safety of our students is a top priority at the McKeesport Area School District and it is saddening to hear of the tragedy this afternoon. The district's thoughts are with the family of the victim during this difficult time.”
Counseling will be available for students.
Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or email@example.com. Staff Writer Jennifer R. Vertullo contributed to this story.
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