2 Teens Charged In McKeesport Triple Slaying

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MCKEESPORT, Pa.,None — Police arrested two people in the killings of three people at a birthday party in McKeesport early Tuesday morning.

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Investigators said the suspects names are Isaiah Hereford ,17, and Deanthony Kirk, 19. Both are charged with three counts of homicide, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and conspiracy.

Police arrested one of the teenage suspects along North Grandview Avenue Friday morning, about a block away from where the shootings took place.

McKeesport police Chief Bryan Washowich said he is relieved to have made the arrested.

"They [the victim's families] shook my hand," said Washowich. "Then they said ‘Thank you,'"

According to police, the shootings happened at about 1 a.m. Tuesday during a birthday party at an apartment building along Nessley Avenue in Crawford Village.

Most partygoers had already left when two armed men forced their way inside the apartment, demanding money before opening fire, police said.

Tre Madden, 17, of Harrison Village, and Jahard Poindexter, 30, of Crawford Village, were killed in the shooting. Police identified the third victim as Angela Sanders, 23, of Wilkinsburg.

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Family members told Channel 11 News they believe the gunmen were targeting Tre Madden, because he was shot 17 times.

"The family is very happy about the arrest but still in fear because another person is on the loose," said Poindexter's sister, Georgia Hawthorne.

Family member Tameka Durant told Channel 11 News he had no enemies.

"What you did was wrong. I'm talking directly to you, the people who did this to my brother, and Tre and Angie. They did not deserve this," Durant said.

Durant said she had just left the apartment when the attack happened.

"It just sounded like firecrackers. I didn't hear anything else until I saw the sirens outside," neighbor Tiffany Sabado said.

Sanders' mother, Gail Hemblin, dropped her daughter off at the party.

"She said, 'I love you, mom.' I said, 'I love you, too,' and that was it," Hemblin said.

Friday afternoon family members of the victims and neighbors gathered at the Crawford Village crime scene to remember the three who died.

Sanders' sister, Ebony Sanders said "There are no answers to this, last night [there was] another senseless shooting."

She said she worries the violence will continue.

McKeesport Mayor Jim Brewster said they are taking extra precautions.

"We are going to have 24/7 security here," said Brewster.

Marcus Madden, the brother of Tre and boyfriend of Poindexter, was grazed in the head by a bullet. He was treated and released from a Pittsburgh-area hospital.

The only other person inside the home at the time was Poindexter's sister, Brittany Poindexter, who was celebrating her 18th birthday. She wasn't injured in the shooting.

"My little brother, my best friend and my roommate," said Marcus Madden. "They were point-blank in front of us, but I couldn't see. I kept my head down. Britney was sitting on the couch next to my younger brother."

"There are too many senseless killings," said Hawthorne. "People don't realize who they are hurting. They are not just hurting our family. In the end, they're hurting their family."

"[Poindexter] was one the sweetest kindest people. If u asked for anything he would give it to you," said Hawthorne. "It's senseless. He's only 30, for him to die like this."

Hawthorne told Channel 11 News that she believes robbery was the motive.

The suspects demanded money and the occupants were complying when, for an unknown reason, the gunman started shooting, authorities said.

"What person could sleep and eat after taking that many lives?" said Hawthorne. "I would like someone to pay for the crime of my brother, as well as the other victims."

The family has set up a fund to help with funeral expenses. Donations can be sent to : The Jahard Poindexter Trust Fund Care of Dollar Bank P.O. Box 765 Pittsburgh, PA 15230

Friday afternoon family members of the victims and neighbors gathered at the Crawford Village crime scene to remember the three who died.

Sanders' sister, Ebony Sanders said "There are no answers to this, last night [there was] another senseless shooting."

She said she worries the violence will continue.

McKeesport Mayor Jim Brewster said they are taking extra precautions.

"We are going to have 24/7 security here," said Brewster.

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