PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Family and friends left candles and balloons Friday at Nelson Mandela Peace Park in the Pittsburgh’s Garfield section.
On Thursday, 18-year-old Naytel Pack was shot several times while playing cards with two other men. He died later at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.
“I just want to say whoever did this, just turn yourself in, don’t make things worse,” said Adam Higgs, Pack’s uncle.
The shots rang out around 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Broad Street and Evaline Street while lots of people in the neighborhood were still outside.
Police are hoping to speak with two men who were with Pack and may have witnessed the shooting.
Meanwhile, Pack’s uncle is hoping someone will tell police what they know.
“For the people who was with him, you know who he was; you ain’t got to be a snitch; just say something,” said Higgs. “Life is too short, all this killing out here with all these kids just too much right now.”
Pack’s uncle says his nephew just tuned 18 and had his whole life in front of him. He is the fifth person in the city to die from gun violence this week and 37th homicide victim in the city in 2014.
“He was a good person always wanted to play cards, play football, was going back to school,” Higgs added. “Now he’s gone, over something simple, something stupid. Wasn’t even worth it.”
Meanwhile, in Mount Oliver, gunfire erupted just before 7 p.m. Thursday in the 200-block of Hays Avenue near the Rite-Aid Pharmacy.
There’s no word on the victim’s condition.
The identities of the victims have not been released.
The investigation into both shootings continues.
Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.