By: Shelley Bortz

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A local community is mourning the death of a 17-year-old tonight after police say she was shot in the face by her boyfriend.

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Aliah Johnson was a junior at Gateway High School and her friends say she was a very loving, caring, and helpful person.

They said they’ll remember her laugh most of all.

Monday will be a difficult day at Gateway for all who knew her.

According to the criminal complaint, 17-year-old Johnson was at her boyfriend’s house on Linden Avenue in Point Breeze on Saturday night.

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Her boyfriend, 16-year-old Emeka Moye-King, and she were upstairs watching TV when Moye-King gave Johnson his Glock-30 handgun to look at before leaving the use the bathroom, as he’s done before, he told police.

When he came back, he took the gun from her with his finger on the trigger and put it on the dresser.

That’s when it went off, fatally shooting Johnson.

Moye-King’s mother said she could hear the two laughing and joking around, and then heard a loud bang.

He then came running downstairs yelling he had just shot Johnson.

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Moye-King is facing charges of criminal homicide and possession of a firearm by a minor.