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Man shot, killed in East Liberty being remembered by loved ones

PITTSBURGH — A well-known man in the community is being remembered for the author and photographer he was.

Norman Manuel published many novels and wrote many poems.

"He loved to tell stories. He had a real thing for creativity," said Tiffany Pitts, Manuel's fiancee.

But there was one story he didn't want to end.

"This was on February the 8th, so two weeks ago," Pitts said.

That was the day Manuel asked Pitts to start a new chapter in their love story, which began years ago.

"And then he’s on one knee with the ring," Pitts said.

After the proposal, they started planning and even had a date set.

"Aug. 27, 2019," Pitts said.

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But earlier this week, tragedy ended a love story that was really just beginning. Instead of planning a wedding, Pitts is planning a funeral.

"Every day is just an emotional roller coaster," Pitts said.

Manuel was shot and killed in East Liberty earlier this week.

Police have no suspects and no motive, but Pitts is choosing to focus on the man she and so many others loved -- a filmmaker, author and scholar.

"He was just my everything," Pitts said.

Pitts has now found herself picking up a pen to continue the story her fiance started.

"This is his life’s work, so I’m just not going to let it just go down in history that way, so I’m going to continue to tell his story to whoever is going to listen," Pitts said.