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Wilkinsburg man shot and killed after urinating off porch

| Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, 8:56 a.m.
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Jonathan Burrell (right), 31, and Brad Johnson, 33, both of Wilkinsburg, gather with friends to remember shooting victim Roosevelt Robinson on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2012, in front of the second-story porch in Wilkinsburg where Robinson was shot the night before. The friends were remembering Robinson as a local legend, one who had helped with the creation of many murals across the city through the organization Moving Lives of Kids. 'I never met anybody like him. ... He was a good guy. He's not just some guy that got killed in some community,' said Kyle Holbrook, 34, of Homewood, who plans to incorporate Robinson's image into a mural Downtown in the near future. Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
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A single red rose rests underneath the windshield wiper of shooting victim Roosevelt Robinson in Wilkinsburg on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2012, across the street from the second-story porch where Robinson was shot. 'He used to coach at the boys and girls club, volunteer with the neighborhood kids and teach basketball and football,' said friend Kyle Holbrook, who worked with Robinson in mural projects across the city through the organization Moving Lives of Kids. Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
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Kyle Holbrook, 34, of Homewood gathers with friends to tell stories and remember shooting victim Roosevelt Robinson in Wilkinsburg on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2012, in front of the second-story porch where Robinson was shot. Holbrook had worked with Robinson on murals across the city through Moving Lives of Kids Mural Projects. 'He would organize people and paint,' Holbrook said. 'He would recruit the kids and get them involved.' Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review

A man who urinated off a second-floor porch died when someone below sprayed bullets up at him late Tuesday, Allegheny County Police said.

Roosevelt Robinson, 35, of Wilkinsburg was playing dominoes with friends on a second-floor portico at a home on Franklin Avenue when he decided to relieve himself over the side railing about 11 p.m., police said.

Witnesses heard a voice yell, “Yo! Yo!” from below before someone fired shots, striking Robinson once. He died in UPMC Mercy.

“I don't think I have ever encountered anything like this,” Lt. Andrew Schurman said.

Longtime friend Kyle Holbrook, 34, of Homewood who worked with Robinson on community service projects said, “I never met anybody like him. ... He was a good guy. He's not just some guy that got killed in some community.”

Customers at nearby Hanini Market talked about the shooting throughout the day, manager Tony Abed said. He said one woman broke down when she heard the news.

“It's shocking,” Abed said. “It's sad, honestly. It goes to show that in the blink of the eye, a life can be taken.”

Leah Drolz, who lived near Robinson on Hunter Street, sobbed as she remembered him as a good man and father.

“All I can keep picturing is his grin,” Drolz said. “He was a good dude. He always made me smile.”

Police believe the shooter was between two houses on Franklin, a path neighbors said people use as a cut-through. Investigators found rolling papers in the area.

Richard Stephens, 62, who lives across the street, said he heard about four gunshots. He said public urination is common at the house.

“That's nothing new,” Stephens said. “The people have a lot of visitors. ... They take a leak wherever they can whenever they can. I wish they wouldn't when I'm sitting out on my porch.”

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 412-473-1300.

Margaret Harding is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com. Staff member Stephanie Strasburg contributed.

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