Woman killed at Pittsburgh youth football game remembered

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At a memorial service today friends and family of Charlene Walters looked to each other and God to help make peace with the death of the dedicated grandmother who was shot at her grandson's football game.

After the ceremony at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Larimer, her 11-year-old grandson, Paul Rucker, said what he'll miss most about her is "how nice she was and she never got mad."

Every day Mrs. Walters, 64, picked him up from the bus stop, took him to practice and attended all of the Wilkinsburg Bees' football games.

Mrs. Walters was shot Oct. 13 as the Bees took on the East End Raiders at Pittsburgh Obama and died two days later. Police have said she was an innocent bystander in the shooting that injured two others.

Police have made no arrests.

"She saw good in everybody," her husband, William Walters, said at the memorial service. "It's hard to believe but it's the truth. That's what makes this so hard."

The hour-long service was attended by several hundred mourners and featured scripture readings, musical tributes, reading of cards from loved ones and a powerful eulogy by Reverend Benjamin Calvert.

"To be an innocent bystander caught in the line of fire of some clown who has carried a beef from the streets to Facebook to a little league football game is as the mayor would say, and I'm finally agreeing with the mayor on something, is unacceptable in our community," he said.

Mrs. Walter's best friend, Pam Scoggins, said she cared deeply for her family and everyone she came in contact with.

"She had the need to go and reach out and help people," Ms. Scoggins, of Natrona Heights, said. "That was in her make up. She couldn't pass anyone who was hungry on the street and not give them a dollar."

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Taryn Luna: tluna@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1985.


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