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Family, Friends Remember Slain Penn Hills Man

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PENN HILLS (KDKA) – Nearly 100 family members and co-workers of a Penn Hills man who was murdered and dismembered gathered to honor his memory.

William King, 24, worked at Walgreen’s on Frankstown Road and that’s where the vigil was held.

“He liked everybody, he got along with everybody, he never had a bad word to say about [anybody],” Brittany Cunningham, a co-worker, said. “So for him to go like this, he didn’t deserve it.”

King’s family members are still grieving and did not wish to speak on camera.

“I will tell you that the mother was in church on Sunday and she is strong in faith and she is grateful for all this outpouring of love,” Pastor Christopher Bell said.

King’s body was found Feb. 17 in a wooded area off of Hulton Road in Plum.

Vito Pelino, a neighbor, is charged in his death. Investigators say Pelino offered King a ride home, but instead, took him to his mother’s house where he dismembered his body and put him into trash bags.

“It’s heartbreaking to know what happened to him because he [didn’t] do [anything] wrong to [anybody],” Dante Smith, a high school friend, said.

Walgreen’s is still accepting donations at the Frankstown Road location to help King’s family. Funeral arrangements have not been released.

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