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Police: U.S. Marshals arrest man wanted in shooting death of teen outside Strip District bar

PITTSBURGH — The man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a recent North Hills High School graduate outside of a Strip District restaurant has been arrested.

According to Pittsburgh Police, the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Howard Hawkins, a.k.a. Mark McClendon, in North Hollywood, California, on Wednesday.

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Hawkins was wanted for killing 18-year-old Ahmir Tuli in the 2700 block of Penn Avenue on Feb. 21. Investigators said they were called shortly after 9 p.m. for a report of a man shot outside Preeti’s Pit. Tuli was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at a hospital that night. Police said Hawkins got into an argument inside, was told to leave and then came back, shooting Tuli in the head outside the front door.

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Last month, Pittsburgh Police Violent Crime Unit detectives arrested 40-year-old Chayla Robinson in connection with Tuli’s death. She was taken into custody at her home in Brentwood. Court documents said Robinson was Hawkins’ girlfriend.

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