First homicide of 2014 in city shocks friends of victim

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Friends of a Homewood man killed there Thursday in Pittsburgh's first homicide of 2014 said the young father was kind, dependable and like family to them.

Ameena Fullard-Brown, 34, of North Versailles, said she last talked to Frederick Douglas, 28, on Thursday, hours before his death. He asked her where he could get a check deposited, she said, then planned to bring by some money to help pay for her nephew's birthday cake and ice cream.

When they spoke, she said, he didn't signal that anything was wrong.

That night, he was found lying on a curb in Homewood with gunshot wounds to his chest and leg, police said. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

"He was a very, very compassionate person. He was always somebody that me and my husband could count on. Always there to help a friend out," Ms. Fullard-Brown said. "It's hard for me to actually believe he's gone, and I can't call him and talk to him."

Ms. Fullard-Brown also struggled to understand how her friend was gunned down in the community where they grew up. "Never in a million years" would she have thought that would happen to him, she said.

A graduate of Pittsburgh Westinghouse High School, Mr. Douglas is the father of a young girl, Ms. Fullard-Brown said.

Court records show he was sentenced in 2006 for a felony firearms violation and received probation for two separate misdemeanor assault charges, most recently in December 2013.

A motive in the shooting is unclear, police said, and homicide detectives are investigating. Police ask anyone with information to call the unit at 412-323-7161.

The death marks the first homicide in Pittsburgh this year and the third in Allegheny County.

Molly Born: or 412-263-1944.

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