Suspect in 2012 Garfield homicide arrested in Philadelphia



PITTSBURGH - Police arrested a man over the weekend in Philadelphia accused in a fatal shooting last year in Garfield.

Officials said 24-year-old Ronald Somerville Jr., of Pittsburgh, was found shot to death just before 10 p.m. on Sept. 12.

Investigators said Somerville was standing on Broad Street when a man approached him on foot and pointed a gun at him. Police said Somerville struggled with the attacker before being shot several times.

Channel 11’s Renee Kaminski reported Monday that the attacker was identified as Devon William Morton. Police said Morton was arrested over the weekend in Philadelphia.

Investigators told Kaminski that they don’t believe Morton and Somerville knew each other. They said they think the incident started as an attempted robbery.

Kaminski talked with friends of Somerville who said he was a great guy and they’re glad an arrest was made because they were starting to give up hope.

“Losing him took a lot out of me. It took a lot out of everybody because he was loved,” Lori Turner said.

Tim Hudson, another friend of Somerville, said he would have turned 25 on Valentine’s Day.

“He was a good dude. He was loved all over the city,” Hudson said. “It’s a tragedy that we had to lose him like that. I never expected he would go like that.”

Police said they’re working on having Morton brought back to Pittsburgh to face homicide and robbery charges.

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