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Man shot and killed on doorstep of Westmoreland County home

State police are investigating the death of a man who was shot and killed outside a Westmoreland County home.  
Investigators said 40-year-old Melvin Grazetti, Jr. was shot after khe knocked on the door of a home on Kirshner Lane in South Huntingdon Township shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday and “attempted to forcibly enter the residence.”
The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office said Grazetti, Jr. died of a shotgun wound to the chest.  He died at the scene.  
So far, no charges have been filed, but the Westmoreland County District Attorney's Office is reportedly still going over the investigation with state police to decide if any legal action should be taken.


"I think things should go the way they should because it's not self-defense.  He was not in that house.  They never opened that door.  I want justice to be served,” said Wendy Osteen, a friend of the victim.

According to Osteen, Grazetti used to live at the Kirshner Lane home before he went to jail for 10 months.  She said her name is on the lease, but she hasn't been staying there since several friends moved into the home.

Osteen told Channel 11 that Grazetti was released from jail Friday morning and that he went to the home earlier in the day to get his car and returned in the middle of the night for his clothes.

"He wanted to go get clothes so he had clean clothes to put on. I had some stuff but not actual clothes for him," said Osteen.  "Everything in that house is his and mine. There's proof all over the place.  I can go prove that it's his house."

The people living in the house allegedly told police Grazetti was trying to force his way inside.

Channel 11 stopped by the house in Yukon today, but no one answered the door.  There was a large hole that was left where the shotgun shell went through the door.

The people living in the house told our partners with the Tribune Review, that Grazetti was kicking the door and they warned him they had a gun.

Friends are remembering Grazetti.

"He would do anything for anybody, no matter how they treated him.  He was a good person.  His laugh, everybody loved him,” said Osteen.