EAST HILLS (KDKA) — Three years after a 1-year-old was fatally shot, the community held a “healing day” event for children and families.
May 21, 2013 was the day fifteen-month-old Marcus White was shot and killed during a family picnic in East Hills.
The community was shocked and outraged.
Three gunman fired shots into a crowd that day. Baby Marcus was killed and two of his aunts were wounded. Three years later, police still don’t have enough information to make an arrest.
On Saturday, a small but determined group of concerned citizens gathered to remind everyone that the painful memories are still alive.
“Today we wanted to recognize again the fact that our communities are hurting, our families are hurting, baby Marcus’ family is hurting,” said Shannon Williams with CeaseFire Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh police officer Michael Gay, a friend of the family, insists the case has not been forgotten.
“Trust and believe as far as baby Marcus is concerned, it is not a cold case. Those officers, those detectives are still working diligently, hitting the streets trying to get information,” Gay said.
Others wonder how the gunmen can live with themselves knowing they killed an innocent baby.
“I couldn’t sit back knowing that I killed a child, and we just plead with the person — do the right thing,” said Larry Darnell Davis Sr. With the Coalition For Fathering Families. “This a baby, we have too many killings of black males in the first place.”
A number of people were in the crowd when shots were fired that day. Davis Sr. blames the fear factor.
“If you are going to say something through your heart and your conscience, you have to worry about your family members because they’re going to retaliate against you,” he said. “It shouldn’t take 1095 days for this case to be settled.”