Family, friends honor 15-year-old at local haunted hayride where he was killed

NORTH VERSAILLES, Pa. — Family, friends and classmates are honoring the life of a teenager who was killed last weekend at a North Versailles haunted hayride.

A large crowd of people gathered at the hayride Thursday evening to launch hundreds of red balloons in memory of Steve Eason.

The 15-year-old was fatally shot Saturday night while trying to break up a fight at the Haunted Hills Hayride in North Versailles.

Friday’s football game between Clairton and Leechburg has been moved, and closed to fans, over violence. The Penn Hills-Woodland Hills game will also be closed to fans because of similar concerns.

Eason and the surviving victim lived in Penn Hills.

“It’s over for my nephew. He can’t go to the prom. He can’t graduate. He can’t get married or go to college. His life is done,” Kimberly Eason, Steve’s aunt, told Channel 11.

Investigators are still pleading with witnesses who were near the shooting scene Saturday night to please come forward and share any cell phone videos they might have.