Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Body found under Larimer Avenue bridge - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Bill Wade/Post-Gazette

Police and others investigate at the scene where a body was found below the Larimer Avenue bridge.

Pittsburgh police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old boy whose body was found underneath the Larimer Avenue Bridge this afternoon.

Police from the Zone 5 station in Highland Park and homicide detectives were called shortly after 4 p.m., when the boy's father found him lying near the railroad tracks with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office identified the boy as Elijah Washington.

"The investigation is still very active and no arrests have been made or any motive known at this time," police spokeswoman Diane Richard said in a news release.

Marvin Washington, who identified himself as Elijah's father, told KDKA-TV that he and his older son, Jaymein, 22, began looking for Elijah this morning, after they confirmed that he did not report to Pittsburgh Oliver High School for class.

Mr. Washington said his son told him he and some friends were going to get tattoos on Tuesday night. About midnight, Mr. Washington missed a call from Jaymein telling him that someone told him Elijah might have been with some other people when someone shot at them.

The caller "said they were shot and they didn't know who all made it or if they made it," Mr. Washington said.

Mr. Washington and Jaymein found Elijah's body about 4 p.m. Mr. Washington said it appeared as though Elijah had a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

First published on September 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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