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Family Of Slain Jitney Driver Calling For Justice

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MCKEESPORT (KDKA) — There was sadness and anger as people gathered Friday night for a candlelight vigil to remember a jitney driver who was shot and killed while he was giving someone a ride in McKeesport.

The victim’s family is now calling for the suspects to turn themselves in to police.

It’s the pain and anguish that we see just about every week around here.

“What’s wrong with this world? We should love one another, love one another,” said Louise Haas, the victim’s widow.

Another life taken; another candlelight vigil.

The latest victim, 59-year-old John Haas, was a jitney driver. He was a guy who hustled to make a buck by driving an unlicensed cab.

He was well liked and dozens remembered him Friday night. No one could understand it.

“You killed my husband. For what? He didn’t do nothing to nobody. Nobody,” said Louise. “He was well loved all over the place.”

Police believe gang members shot and killed Haas in a case of mistaken identity. They he say he resembles a gang member.

It’s of no consolation.

“Shooting my husband through the forehead? I had to see that? No. That was not right,” said Louise. “What would you take his life for? What did he do to you?”

Haas’ death came just hours after three other shootings went down in McKeesport. No one was injured in those incidents. Haas was at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

“Whoever did this to him, they need to turn themselves in and just get it over with, get it done,” said Louise. “You took my soul mate, my love.”

Haas will be buried Saturday. No arrests have been made in the case.

RELATED LINKS:
Jitney Driver Shot, Killed In McKeesport (5/29/13)
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