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By Kelly Fennessy
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
 

A group of Clairton natives are seeking justice for a man murdered more than 20 years ago, and they want as much help as they can get.

Friends, family and community members are invited to join in a vigil for Edward "Eddie" Pastore, killed Jan. 19, 1989, in Clairton.

At the time, the city did not have its own police force and was patrolled by the state police.

"I'm certainly not trying to knock the police, but (the investigation) didn't go so well," said Mike Boss, a childhood friend of Pastore's who's helping to spearhead efforts to reopen the investigation. "It was bad because it wasn't their hometown. They were stretched pretty thin as it was."

Boss said he hopes the $1,000 reward offer will encourage people to bring new information forward and help catch the person or people responsible for Pastore's death.

Efforts to get the word out include a poster campaign throughout Clairton, a Facebook page called "Eddie Pastore Memorial," and a show on www.blogtalkradio.com.

Through the Facebook page, people are able to see updates on the upcoming vigil, listen to downloads of the radio shows and share information with others concerned about the case.

Boss said he wanted to help with the effort because he knew Pastore. "Eddie was my friend I grew up with him. It's always bothered me that nothing was done about his case. Now, this has really turned into something bigger than I ever thought it was going to get."

The Facebook page has nearly 300 followers, and the eight radio show broadcasts have been downloaded more than 12,000 times.

"There are a lot of people talking Clairton is just buzzing about it," Boss said.

He said the state police have assigned a new investigator to review evidence and look at new leads, and he hopes the renewed interest in Pastore's murder will help close the case.

The Eddie Pastore Memorial Vigil is Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Clairton Park Shelter No. 4, behind the concession stand at the Daniel Pastore Memorial Field. Anyone is welcome to attend.

"We want everyone to be able to get together and talk about (the investigation), to remember Eddie," Boss said.

"It seems like people are really ready to pull together and bring back our city."

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