BRADDOCK (KDKA) – The Allegheny County Medical Examiner says India Stewart, 29, died Saturday from a gunshot wound to the neck. She leaves behind four children, according family members.
Her uncle Kalvin Stewart, 48, is now accused of murdering his niece. India lived at her uncle’s home in Rankin for a short time in the fall of 2016.
“One day, one evening someone, a girl, came knocking on my door asking to call the cops,” neighbor James Cornwall said. “She said she was his niece.”
Cornwall recalled one night over the summer.
“I just called 911 because she said there was a problem happening there and wanted me to call. She said she left her keys inside and he wouldn’t let her back in,” Cornwall said.
In the criminal complaint, police say India moved out of her aunt and uncle’s house after they got into a fight.
Fast forward to Jan. 14, 2017. India was found dead inside an abandoned garage.
One witness told police India never showed up to her job at Taco Bell in Edgewood Towne Center Saturday morning. Her manager says she worked as a cashier there for six months.
Another witness told police Kalvin Stewart admitted around Christmas time that he had a sexual relationship with his niece and wanted to kill himself since they were related.
Police say surveillance video shows Kalvin’s vehicle at Taco Bell Saturday morning. The vehicle is also seen speeding away from the area where India’s body was found in Braddock.
Later that morning, police responded to a report that a vehicle was on fire on the North Side. Police say blood was found inside.
“There was a lot of blood in the car so I imagine he shot her in the car and drove here and dumped her,” Mayor of Braddock John Fetterman said.
The manager at Taco Bell where India worked said he and his staff will be meeting at 9 a.m. Monday to figure out how they can help out the family with funeral expenses.
Kalvin Stewart faces multiple charges, including criminal homicide. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. in front of Jeffrey Manning.