Pitt professor’s brother killed in Ukraine

University of Pittsburgh Professor Katya Hill’s brother, Jimmy Hill, was killed while getting food to bring back to a hospital.

“My brother was the helper that people find in crisis,” Hill said.

He died in Chernihiv, a city about two hours north of Kyiv.

Jimmy Hill was among several people killed when Russian artillery opened fire on civilians.

In the days leading up to his death, he documented what he witnessed, the bombings he heard and the fear felt throughout the country.

Katya says her brother moved around Europe to teach, but recently returned to Ukraine to help his partner seek treatment in her battle with multiple sclerosis.

Katya said she got worried when she hadn’t heard from him in a few days. Now that she knows why, she fears it’s only going to get harder.

“We don’t know where my brother’s body is,” Hill said. “The hardest thing that we’ll have to go through is not having that kind of closure.”

Channel 11 reached out to Senator Casey’s office, but have not received a response.

Katya said her parish in Pittsburgh will hold a prayer service for her brother.