Parents of W&J student killed in attack remember son, ask witnesses to come forward



WASHINGTON, Pa. - The parents of a former Knoch High School football star, who was a senior running back at Washington & Jefferson College when he was killed last month, talked to Channel 11 News on Friday.

Investigators said 21-year-old Tim McNerney was found unresponsive off campus near the intersection of College and Maiden streets early Oct. 4. Police said he later died at a nearby hospital.

Police said McNerney’s death is considered suspicious, and the investigation is ongoing.

“I am a little angry just because I feel like he was taken without good reason. Not a day goes by that you don’t think of your boy and now it will never change,” Denise McNerney, Tim’s mother, said.

According to police, McNerney was beaten, and witnesses told detectives they think robbery was the motive.

According to police, surveillance video indicates there was foot traffic along East Maiden Street around the time McNerney was attacked. Authorities are urging anyone who may have witnessed anything to come forward.

“With these type of street crimes, there is bragging and we think they may have been talking more freely about this the first day of the incident because they didn’t realize Mr. McNerney was deceased,” Washington police Lt. San Stanek said.

The McNerney’s are pleading for anyone who has any type of information to come forward.

“There’s just that sense of justice being done, but I’m also concerned about the safety of people in Washington. We have murderers running free. There are likely people out there that know something,” Tim’s father, Robert McNerney, said.

“Please. Someone please help us because we really could use the help and suppose. We didn’t deserve this,” Denise McNerney said.

McNerney was a star player of the Knoch High School football team.

McNerney holds Knoch's all-time rushing record of 2,842 yards, which he accomplished in less than three seasons of playing.

“I like seeing these pictures,” Denise McNerney said as she showed Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz pictures of her son with friends and family and playing football.

The investigation into McNerney’s death remains ongoing.

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