PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A 14-year-old boy is the latest victim in a rash of homicides that have gripped the City of Pittsburgh.
Two people have been questioned in this case, but no arrests.
Stephon Smith, of Larimer, was the youngest of seven siblings. Social workers met with his family Thursday afternoon.
“I feel for the family because I have young boys too and their mom is sickly … For somebody to call you and tell you your son got shot – I can just imagine how she feels,” Tina Banks, the victim’s neighbor, said. “He was going to be well-missed.”
Tia Malloy, Smith’s friend, said she cried when she heard the news.
“[We were] so close and before he died, I just saw him, we spoke, we [were] hanging out and everything, and then they told me and then it was a big shock,” she said.
Smith’s murder and the wounding of a 19-year-old is just the latest in a violent week and police have blitzed the neighborhoods where the violence has been the worst – particularly in the South Hills.
“We’re trying to put all these cases together and certainly when we get the right information, hopefully we’ll be able to identify some suspects in the latest homicides and hold those people responsible by putting them in jail,” Pittsburgh Police Commander Thomas Stangrecki said.
Smith’s mother spent the day dealing with a number of her medical conditions visiting doctors and now she has to arrange a funeral for her 14-year-old son.