TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Rally seeks to generate tips in baby's shooting death

Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - A sign of support for the family of Marcus Lamont White Jr., the 15 month old baby that was murdered in a drive-by shooting in East Hills on May 21, 2013, is displayed during a rally for the boy at Freedom Corner in the Hill District, Saturday.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>A sign of support for the family of Marcus Lamont White Jr., the 15 month old baby that was murdered in a drive-by  shooting in East Hills on May 21, 2013, is displayed during a rally for the boy at Freedom Corner in the Hill District, Saturday.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Camille Smith, the grandmother of Marcus Lamont White Jr., the 15 month old baby that was murdered in a drive-by shooting in East Hills on May 21, 2013, is comforted by Clifford White, of Forest Hills and the uncle of Marcus White, during a rally for the boy at Freedom Corner in the Hill District, Saturday.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Camille Smith, the grandmother of Marcus Lamont White Jr., the 15 month old baby that was murdered in a drive-by  shooting in East Hills on May 21, 2013, is comforted by Clifford White, of Forest Hills and  the uncle of Marcus White, during a rally for the boy at Freedom Corner in the Hill District, Saturday.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Camille Smith. the grandmother of Marcus Lamont White Jr., the 15 month old baby that was murdered in a drive-by shooting in East Hills on May 21, 2013, cries during a rally for the boy at Freedom Corner in the Hill District, Saturday.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Camille Smith. the grandmother of Marcus Lamont White Jr., the 15 month old baby that was murdered in a drive-by  shooting in East Hills on May 21, 2013, cries during a rally for the boy at Freedom Corner in the Hill District, Saturday.

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
 

Someone holds the key to solving the shooting death of 15-month-old Marcus White Jr., gunned down during an East Hills picnic in May.

Through tears and fiery speeches, members of the infant's family and community supporters Saturday begged the shooters to turn themselves in, or for someone to provide any information that could lead to an arrest.

“I just need for someone in this world to come clean about Marcus being killed,” said great-aunt Denise Turner of Homewood to about 70 people who attended a rally at Freedom Corner in the Hill District. “I just need someone to come and say who the shooters were who took this baby's life.”

Many family members wore T-shirts bearing pictures of the smiling baby, with slogans that read, “Justice for Baby Mac.”

“(Marcus) was part of our future,” said Phillip Battle Jr., pastor of New Light Temple Baptist Church in the Hill District. “It's just not acceptable for him to be eliminated from our community.”

Pittsburgh police said at least three gunmen got out of a vehicle and started shooting into a crowd during a picnic in a common area on East Hills Drive about 7:30 p.m. on May 21. Marcus died in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh from a bullet in the chest. His aunts, whom White's great-grandmother Lenora “Connie” Smith identified as Shedayah and Kadejiah Tyler, also were shot. Family members said Saturday that the girls have recovered from their injuries and have returned to college.

Police found Shedayah Tyler lying on top of Marcus. Police said at the time they did not believe the victims were the intended target.

Detectives did not receive many tips following the shooting, and have interviewed and re-interviewed people in connection with the case, Lt. Kevin Kraus said Friday. The investigation still is active, he said, but police have not identified a suspect.

Marcus' parents, Jameela Tyler, 23, and Marcus White Sr., 25, both of Homewood, said they were grateful for the turnout and hoped it would spur someone to come forward.

“There's a lot of people that care about my son,” White said. “There's a lot of people who are still following the story.”

Trib Total Media staff writer Margaret Harding contributed to this report.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates come back to take series from Padres
  2. Starkey: Is this Huntington’s best Bucs team?
  3. U.S. allows ‘purposeful’ cruises to Cuba; Carnival plans trips from Miami in May
  4. Roundup: Wolf names 48 to task force on expanding gas pipelines; Airlines boost on-time rating; more
  5. 92-year-old Rostraver home invasion victim questioned by suspect in court
  6. Longtime bus driver worked hard to the end
  7. Nonprofit finds 529 illegal dump sites in Pittsburgh, 250 more than 2009
  8. Plum board members reach consensus on new elementary school
  9. Risk for insurers, mutual funds are stronger, IMF claims
  10. U.S. job openings stay high, but actual hiring falters in May
  11. Shale impact fees increase in Carroll