Pittsburgh honor roll student found shot to death on porch in Sheraden

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh Public Schools honor roll student was found shot to death Tuesday afternoon on a porch in the city’s Sheraden neighborhood.

PPS spokeswoman Ebony Pugh identified the victim as Rashawn Gibson, 17. Her full statement is below:

“It is with profound sadness we report the tragic passing of Rashawn Gibson, a 12th grader and member of the Pittsburgh Brashear school community. The 17-year-old was the victim of a shooting incident that took place in the Sheraden area of the city today.  
“Known by his brilliant smile, Rashawn was a student in the District's We Promise program.   Rashawn was truly focused on his success. Rashawn had reached honor roll status at the school, and he was headed to college upon graduation. A leader among his friends, Rashawn pushed his peers to reach higher levels. He was well loved by students and staff alike. Our thoughts are with Rashawn's family during this very painful time.  
“We care a great deal about the health and wellness of our students and staff. Both Student and Employee Assistance providers will be on hand at the school tomorrow to provide support for anyone who needs it."

Investigators said Rashawn  was found dead when officers and paramedics arrived at Glen Mawr Street just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the teen was found on a porch. The official cause and manner of death of the youth still are pending, the medical examiner said.

Police said at this point, they have no suspects.

Channel 11 News learned the 2700 block of Glen Mawr Street was also the scene of a double murder in 2014.

Pittsburgh police investigated the homicide of 17-year-old Diondre Dozier and 18-year-old Martin Brown Jr. Both teenagers were gunned down.

Michael St. Clair was charged in connection with their deaths.