TURTLE CREEK, Pa. - THE SHOOTING
Allegheny County police say 16-year-old Jerame Turner and a 13-year-old boy were shot in Turtle Creek Monday night.
The shooting happened just after 11 p.m. according to police.
Investigators found Turner on George Street. The 13-year-old was shot in the arm and ran to Chestnut Street.
Turner died at the hospital and the 13-year-old is in stable condition.
Allegheny County police haven't released a motive or the name of a suspect.
Remembering Jerame Turner
There was never any indication that the Woodland Hills sophomore would suffer such a violent death last night. Police found him shot in the street less than a mile from his mother's house.
“We don't really know. It isn't like he was somewhere he shouldn't have been, he's from Turtle Creek,” said Chris Edmonds.
Edmonds coached Turner in little league and was his high school football coach this year.
"He had a really good season this season and then this happened, so it's really unfortunate,” Edmonds said.
Counselors were at Woodland Hills High School today because three students had been shot since Saturday. Turner and another boy, Augustus Gray, were killed.
"We really need to come together as a community and help stop this. These are our children,” said assistant Superintendent Licia Lentz.
A YouTube video shows the WAMO and ATU turkey giveaway last week where 1,000 free turkeys are given to local families.
There is a picture of Turner from that day. He volunteered to help out with his football coach.
"He came and helped from the beginning to the end. Cleaned up, help serve soup and coffee and tea to people waiting in line for the turkeys, did a really good job,” Edmonds said.
That's the last memory Edmonds has of Turner.
Efforts to address violence
There are efforts underway to address this violence.
The Allegheny County Health Department created the office of violence prevention last year. The officer was created with funding from the Heinz Endowment.
We reached out to them and the Woodland Hills School District.
A wave of violence began in May, when 17-year old Vallen Mack, a tenth grader at Woodland Hills, was shot and killed in Swissvale.
"We need to do what we need to do and connect with all of our local resources -- police officers, community members and get this back on track because this is unacceptable,” Lentz said.
In July, the violence-prevention office awarded a $160,000 grant to the University of Pittsburgh for a street outreach team to prevent gun violence in Penn Hills, Wilkinsburg, Duquesne, McKeesport, Braddock and Rankin.
The program is touted as a way to restore relationships among youngsters and authority figures so children can feel safe and thrive in their communities.
We asked the Office of Violence Prevention for an interview but they declined our request.
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