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Crime Stoppers seeks public help in McKeesport homicide

| Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 2:01 a.m.
James Andre Lane Sims

Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers seeks help from the public with the investigation of a McKeesport homicide.

James Andre Lane Sims, 20, was shot several times, including once in the head, on July 6, 2012, while sitting in his black Dodge Charger at the intersection of Pirl Street and Versailles Avenue.

Police were flagged down along the 2800 block of Versailles Avenue when someone informed them a person had been shot at the intersection. When officers responded they found the victim. Sims died five days later when his family removed him from life support.

More than 100 friends and family members gathered along Versailles Avenue to mark the one-year anniversary of Sims' death.

His mother, Wanda Sims, remembered her son as a hard worker who had jobs at Taco Bell and at Alorica's West Mifflin call center — where his mother worked — to support his new family.

She said she has been in contact with McKeesport and Allegheny County police, who have told her there is not enough evidence to implicate a suspect in the shooting.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to call Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers at 412-255-8477.

A reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of individuals wanted for featured crimes. Callers may remain anonymous.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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