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Teen to be charged as adult in fatal Duquesne shooting

| Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 3:21 a.m.
Eric Taylor
Eric Taylor

Allegheny County Homicide detectives arrested a 15-year-old boy on Tuesday for allegedly shooting a pregnant teenager in Duquesne last month, killing her unborn son.

Investigators said Eric Taylor, 15, of Duquesne will be charged as an adult in connection with the April 26 shooting of 15-year-old DaRae Delgado, who was seven months pregnant. Taylor already was incarcerated in Allegheny County Jail, charged in the shooting of two people from Wilkinsburg the day after he allegedly shot Delgado, according to Duquesne police Chief Richard Adams.

“(Taylor) is well-known to police,” Adams said. “He's been involved in other incidents around here in the past.”

According to Allegheny County Homicide, Taylor allegedly knocked on the door of Delgado's home along the 100 block of Friendship Avenue around 12:30 a.m. on April 26 and, when she opened it, he shot her four times — once directly in the abdomen.

Delgado was transported to UPMC Mercy, where Delgado's mother, DeAnna Weems, 34, said the father of her unborn grandson, Donald Crawford, remained by her daughter's side. The baby, who Weems said was going to be named Derran, did not survive.

On May 27, Taylor reportedly was involved in a double shooting along Catherine Street in Duquesne. Police said Taylor and possibly another person allegedly fired several shots at three Wilkinsburg teens who were on the porch of a home in the 800 block of Catherine Street. Two were injured in the foot and ankle. The victims fled to a nearby Hill Street home, and from there were transported to a regional hospital.

“As information developed, (Taylor) became a strong suspect in that incident,” Adams said.

Taylor was charged with three counts each of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person and placed in Allegheny County Jail by Judge Jeffrey A. Manning in lieu of $250,000 bond.

County detectives did not specify how Taylor became a suspect in the Delgado shooting, but he now will be charged as an adult with additional charges of homicide of an unborn child, attempted homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified said Delgado's family moved to the house less than a year ago and “didn't bother nobody.” He said he hadn't seen the family since the shooting and doesn't know of any relationship between Taylor and Delgado.

The state Warrant Task Force posted a notice on the door of the Friendship Avenue home on Tuesday in search of Weems.

It did not specify if the warrant is related to the shooting. Weems did not return a request for comment.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or tkaran@tribweb.com. Michael DiVittorio contributed to this report.

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