Teen brothers arrested in murder of Oliver Citywide student shot outside school

PITTSBURGH — Police have arrested two teens in connection to the fatal shooting of an Oliver Citywide Academy student in 2022.

PHOTOS: Student shot outside Oliver Citywide Academy

Eugene Watson, 18, and Brandon Watson, 17, are each charged with criminal homicide, conspiracy and firearms violations. They are both charged as adults. Channel 11 has confirmed they are brothers.

Fifteen-year-old Marquis Campbell was shot in the city’s Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood as he sat in a van outside the school. All students were rushed back inside the building, and the school was put on a brief lockdown.

Campbell was shot twice in the chest. He was transported to a local hospital where he died.

The shooting prompted the first and only joint news conference held by the mayor and superintendent.

Channel 11 spoke with Campbell’s family in November, when they were still waiting for answers. At that time, police said they expected an arrest by the end of the year.

Pittsburgh Public Schools issued a statement about the arrest:

“The Pittsburgh Public Schools and its Board of School Directors are thankful to learn that arrests have been made in the tragic killing of former student Marquis Campbell. As educators, we are deeply saddened by the damaging and lasting impact community violence has on all young people. We grieve for the multiple young lives we have lost due to gun violence. While we also mourn the lost potential that occurs when young people decide to commit deadly violence, should the suspects be found guilty, we expect justice to be served. It must be clear that our community will not tolerate heinous acts of gun violence anywhere near our schools that put the safety of our students and staff in danger.

“We are grateful for the diligence and cooperation of multiple entities, including the City of Pittsburgh Police, the Pittsburgh Public Schools School Police, all the law enforcement agencies which assisted in this investigation, and Pittsburgh Oliver Citywide Academy to reach today’s outcome. We hope to soon gain closure for our school community and the family of Marquis Campbell. We request that media respect the privacy of the students and staff at Oliver Citywide Academy. No further comment will be provided by the school or District staff at this time.”

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