A teen was shot and killed early Friday morning in the South Side just days before she was set to graduate from high school.
According to Pittsburgh police, the shooting happened at South 27th and Jane streets shortly after 3 a.m.
The teen, identified by the medical examiner as Morgan Dunston, 18, died at UPMC Mercy after two friends drove her to the hospital.
The Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV said the death is being treated as a homicide. The major crimes unit is investigating.
The teen’s mother, Angela Krimm, spoke with WPXI about the incident.
“She was dancing in the parking lot and someone wanted to shoot someone else and they shot her instead,” Krimm told WPXI.
“It’s a dream. It’s a dream that still I’m not awake from. I don’t know how you’re supposed to bury your kid.”
WPXI reported Dunston has a twin sister, Jordyn Dunston, and they were supposed to graduate from McKeesport High School together this week.
“There’s not one day I lived without my sister,” Jordyn Dunston said.
The pastor of Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community Church, in the area of where the shooting happened, told WPXI he doesn’t believe the bullets were intended for the church and they will move forward.
“My heart is really just concerned with the victim and what happened with whoever was here,” said the Rev. Jeff Eddings.
A spokesperson for McKeesport High School told WPXI they’re deeply saddened: “This young lady was an active student within our high school who was slated to graduate next week. She was a part of many organizations including a four-year cosmetology technology student.”
Her family is still working to figure out what exactly happened.
“I’ll keep fighting for her until I know something because she’s not another number in somebody’s tablet. I promise you that much,” Krimm said.