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Off-duty postal worker shot

| Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, 12:00 p.m.

An off-duty postal worker who was shot in the leg on his way to an ATM one block from his Point Breeze home bled to death after the bullet severed an artery, police said.

Police found Richard Cetrone, 44, laying on the sidewalk in front of a home in the 400 block of North Homewood Avenue at 11:32 p.m. Monday.

Cetrone, who was shot moments after leaving his house in the 7000 block of McPherson Boulevard, was pronounced dead on arrival at UPMC Presbyterian hospital at midnight.

Homicide detectives investigating the killing believe robbery was the motive but have no suspects and urge anyone with information to come forward.

"We believe he was a random target," said Pittsburgh police Lt. Kevin Kraus. "We have no idea who we're looking for."

Grieving relatives huddled inside Cetrone's brick colonial home Tuesday afternoon. His wife was too distraught to speak with a reporter, but his sister, Linda Cetrone, said the family is trying to cope with what she called a senseless killing.

"He was a working man who didn't have enemies and wasn't argumentative," she said, her eyes welling with tears.

She said her brother was a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service who worked at the general mail facility on the North Side. Cetrone liked the outdoors and was fond of taking walks in the evening, his family said.

Investigators were questioning Cetrone's co-workers in their search for leads. His killing is Pittsburgh's 41st homicide this year.

Cetrone leaves behind a son, Richard Jr., 16, and three stepdaughters.

Cetrone's stepdaughter Kisha York, of Baltimore, who happened to be visiting, said the family is close and enjoys spending time together.

"We're a peaceful family, and as with any heinous crime, we want justice," she said.

Standing on the porch as her mother wept inside, she added: "What we're mainly concerned with is healing among our family and friends."

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