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Conekeia Finney, 19, killed by a gunman in Ambridge

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By Margaret Harding
Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, 9:00 a.m.
 

Conekeia Finney fell in love with the wrong man, and the relationship cost her her life, relatives said Monday.

A gunman fatally shot Finney, 19, who was seven months pregnant, as she left her apartment on Merchant Street in Ambridge about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. She moved there on Friday with her boyfriend, Steven Murray, acting Ambridge police Chief James Mann said.

Finney's father, Stephen Finney, said he believes Murray was the intended target. Murray could not be reached for comment.

“I say if he wasn't out there, doing the different things he was doing that caused the guys to come with guns, she wouldn't be shot point-blank,” Finney, 58, of Ambridge said.

Mann wouldn't confirm that Murray was the intended target.

“We're not ruling anything out,” Mann said. “We're looking at that.”

Conekeia Finney, known to family and friends as Coco, worked as a cook at a nursing home. She leaves behind a son, 3.

“He doesn't fully understand the concept that his mom is dead and isn't coming back,” Stephen Finney said. “After a while, he'll say, ‘Is that my mom on the phone?' ”

Conekeia Finney spent a lot of time at her parents' home, but she was looking forward to the birth of her daughter and living in her new apartment, Stephen Finney said.

“She had been buying curtains and different things to fix up the place,” he said. “She was exuberant and getting ready to have the baby. She had high expectations of the upcoming events. And it's all erased.”

Police believe two men, one armed with a gun, fired a single shot into Finney's chest when she opened the door to wait for her mother, Elaine Finney, to pick her up. Finney and her unborn child died at the scene, Mann said. The men ran away, and police continue to look for them.

“We are extremely upset about this,” Mann said. “I can't think of any reason why. It's horrific.”

Murray and his brother, 17, were in the home at the time of the shooting, Mann said.

Stephen Finney said he thinks Murray was his daughter's first real love. The pair lived together in Stephen Finney's home, but the relationship was uneasy there.

“Sooner or later, I knew it was going to happen,” Stephen Finney said. “I'm hurt, but not shocked that this happened. It was evident.”

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

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