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McKeesport mother still seeks closure for son's violent death

| Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, 2:39 p.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Caroline Spears, right, mother of the late Garry Grigsby II, speaks about her son at a vigil Saturday near the intersection of Powderly and Grover streets in McKeesport, marking the three-year anniversary of his death.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Garry Grigsby II's children Ge'Siah Grigsby, Naudia Grigsby, and Garry Grigsby III, mother Caroline Spears and family friend Miracle Cromerdie-Daniels wear shirts featuring Garry Grigsby II's picture at the three-year anniversary of his death at the intersection of Powderly and Grover streets in McKeesport Saturday afternoon.

Caroline Spears still is trying to find closure from her son's violent death three years ago.

Garry Grigsby II was killed during a robbery near the intersection of Powderly and Grover streets in McKeesport on Oct. 26, 2010.

Police said he was shot in the chest when he and a woman were confronted by three men.

Family and friends gathered Saturday to spread a message of love with electronic candles along the sidewalk.

“It gives me peace,” Spears said. “But it doesn't give me closure.”

Grigsby, 28, left behind six children. He had been certified by the Everest Institute Paralegal program in 2007.

“He was kind-hearted. He loved everybody,” Spears said. “He was a family-type dude. He was young, but he wasn't violent or anything like that. He was an honor roll student. He was intelligent. He wasn't a bum out on the street. He had ambitions and was trying to help raise his kids. He was a good son.”

Grigsby was walking home from a Grover Street bar when he was killed. Spears said she is puzzled about the motive.

“If you give someone everything you got, why would you be shot?” she asked.

The family lived in Ohio before coming to McKeesport.

“I brought him back here thinking this is where I grew up and this is a wonderful place,” Spears said. “McKeesport used to be a really nice place. I graduated from school here, married here, everything here, and for somebody to just shoot him ....”

Spears said she was told that investigators had identified a suspect and that a house had been searched, but no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information should contact Allegheny County police at 412-473-1300 or McKeesport police at 412-675-5050. Callers can remain anonymous.

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