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Candlelight vigil in Penn Hills will mark third anniversary of officer's death

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 12:38 p.m.
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Penn Hills police Officer Michael Crawshaw was killed while responding to a call in 2009. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Ronald Robinson, 35, of Homewood is accused of killing Penn Hills police Officer Michael Crawshaw on Dec. 6, 2009. J.C. Schisler | Tribune-Review

The Penn Hills Community Renaissance Group will host a candlelight vigil from 7 to 8 p.m. outside the Penn Hills Municipal Building on Frankstown Road. The public is invited to attend.

The vigil will mark the third anniversary of the murder of police officer Michael Crawshaw, who was shot and killed while responding to a call in December 2009. The vigil will also recognize the 40th anniversary of the deaths of Sgt. William Schrott and Officer Bartley Connolly, who were shot and killed while working off-duty security in March of 1972.

In the case of Crawshaw, prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Ronald Robinson Jr., the Homewood man charged in Crawshaw's homicide.

Robinson's attorney recently sought a change of venue for the case, accusing the district attorney's office of tainting the Allegheny County jury pool by releasing information about the rejection of a plea deal.

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