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Vigil was set for Saturday evening for Allentown mom

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Saturday, March 2, 2013, 12:41 p.m.
 

A vigil will be held on Saturday evening near the intersection in Beltzhoover where a mother of six children who was fatally shot when gunfire erupted as she and a man left a bar early Wednesday morning.Tiona Jackson, 28, of Lillian Street in Allentown died of gunshot wounds to the head, trunk and extremities shortly after 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of Vincent Street and Warrington Avenue, which is near Warrington Field. A 32-year-old man from Penn Hills who was walking out of the bar with Jackson was found unresponsive on the ground near Jackson with multiple gunshot wounds, according to Pittsburgh police, who have not released his identity. "This will be an opportunity for Miss Jackson's family to speak about their loved one and let everyone know who she was," said Adrienne Young, founder of the Tree of Hope ministry, which is organizing the vigil. "This will also be an opportunity to decry the absolutely ridiculous gun violence that we face in this city." Young said Jackson's children - two boys and four girls ranging in age from 13 to 1 -- are being cared for by their grandmothers and other family members. Young said the intended target of the shooting was the man with whom she was leaving the bar. "They were acquaintances who just happened to be leaving together when they were shot," Young said. "The people who killed here were just firing haphazardly. It's just crazy that she had to die this way." Pittsburgh police did have not released any additional details about the shooting. Investigators are seeking information about an older tan or gold mid-size sedan - possibly a Pontiac Grand Prix - that witnesses said fled the scene following the shooting.

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