PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A community is in mourning today as police continue to investigate a fatal shooting that left a 16-year-old girl dead in the middle of a street in Rankin Friday evening.
Delasia Dutrieuille, 16, died from a gunshot wound to the face on Kenmawr Avenue in Hawkins Village.
Jala Emerson, 16, talked to her friend not long before it happened.
“All I know is somebody was coming after her. She was running for her life,” said Emerson, Dutrieuille’s best friend. “I was on the phone with her before.”
Police say they believe Dutrieuille was shot after a confrontation with two boys, possibly over a robbery that had happened earlier.
One of the boys was captured after a brief chase. Londell Jones, 16, of Rankin, is now charged with homicide.
“She didn’t deserve this, not at all. She’s 16-years-old; she had her whole life ahead of her,” said Yvette Jackson, the mother of one of the victim’s friends.
Meanwhile, Emerson will never forget the sight of her friend lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head.
“What’s going on? This is isn’t true; this can’t be real. If anything I wanted her to get up,” she said. “She wouldn’t move. She wouldn’t move at all.”
Dutrieuille was a student at Propel High School in Braddock Hills.
Emerson misses her friend.
“If everybody knew her like we knew her, she would want everybody to keep smiling. She wouldn’t want everybody like this,” said Emerson. “We lost an angel, but it’s okay because she’s in a better place right now.”
“Every day on the news, all you hear about is kids getting killed. At what point don’t these young people understand that there is a time to stop,” added Jackson.