WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — The case of a local college student who was murdered last fall remains unsolved.

But, the Steelers joined with students and the staff of Washington & Jefferson College on Wednesday evening to create a lasting tribute to 21-year-old Tim McNerney of Butler.

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The teamwork at Washington & Jefferson College has spread beyond any basketball court, beyond any football field. It’s an entire community rooting for a cause.

The charity basketball game against the Steelers supported three organizations, including the Tim McNerney Memorial Scholarship.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Cam Heyward, Steelers defensive end. “You have a lot of support from the fans out here, and we just enjoy the opportunity to be out here and just understand what we’re doing and give back to the community.”

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McNerney, a W&J football standout, was killed in October. He was beaten to death after an apparent robbery. Still, there has been no arrests after four months.

“If anyone knows anything… you know, I can’t have my son back, but for the safety and sanctity of your community, certainly, I would think you would want to put these people behind bars,” said Robert McNerney, Tim’s father.

“The fact that Tim was such a beloved student here, it means a lot, especially for everybody to come out, donate the money,” added Sean Saputo, Tim’s cousin. “It goes towards his scholarship; not only that, but to Play 60 as well and the Waynesburg Special Olympics. It means a lot, especially to my family and I.”

They know every single basket; every single autograph means McNerney’s legacy will live on.

“We always want to come out and support… not under those circumstances, but to come out here and raise some money, I mean, we can do whatever we can in the smallest ways – that’s what we’ll do,” Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch said.

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