Family mourns death of 16-year-old killed in Beltzhoover shooting



PITTSBURGH - Police have identified the 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed outside of a funeral home Thursday night.

Investigators said Deondre Pace was fatally shot outside the Sheffield Funeral Home in Beltzhoover.

Homicide detectives said Pace was on his way home after stopping at a nearby convenience store when he was confronted by two men near the intersection of Climax Street and Beltzhoover Avenue.

Officials said Pace was shot twice in the chest. Witnesses said the gunman was 15 or 16 years old.

Family members said Pace recently had a friend who was also shot to death.

"You pick and choose your friends and it's sad the friends you chose are the bad ones," said Pace's aunt, Antoinette White. “It’s sad he had to die like this.”

White said Pace was an honors student at Brashear.

“He was a good kid. He was outgoing and had all A’s in school,” White said. “We want to find the person who killed him because we want closure.”

People who live in the area said the neighborhood is plagued by gun violence.

"These kids are just kids. They are too young. You're afraid to come out. You don't know what's going to happen," said Reese Anthony.

So far, no arrests have been made.

The school district released the following statement Friday: "We are sad to report the death of Pittsburgh Brashear 10th grader Deondre Pace. Deondre was shot and killed last night, January 10, 2013, in the Beltzhoover area of the city.  Deondre is described as an honor roll student focused on learning.  Deondre will be missed by all who knew him. 

“We care a great deal about the health and wellness of all of our students.  Counselors are available, through the Pittsburgh Brashear Student Assistance Program, for any student or staff who may need support in dealing with this tragedy."