Bellevue man slain in Pittsburgh

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The brother of a Bellevue man shot to death in the North Side's Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood said family members believe his death was the result of a robbery.

Frank Carmello, 55, said his brother, 66-year-old Richard Didonato, went to meet someone on the North Side Monday evening.

But his brother, a retired teacher and football coach who had been taking care of his elderly parents, apparently was in the wrong place at the wrong time, Mr. Carmello said.

"There are a lot of crazy people out there," said Mr. Carmello, also of Bellevue. "You have to watch where you go."

His brother was a good guy, and family members don't yet know why he was visiting the North Side, Mr. Carmello said.

Mr. Didonato was pronounced dead at Allegheny General Hospital after the shooting in the 1200 block of Woodland Avenue.

No suspect has been taken into custody, police said.

A witness said the man was shot once inside a parked car, then dragged out and shot again.

The shooting occurred shortly before 8 p.m.

"I looked out the window. I thought the guy was trying to help him. Then I saw him pull the gun out," said the witness, who asked not to be identified. "They're always shooting around here, but I've never seen anyone shot in front of me."


Amy McConnell Schaarsmith: aschaarsmith@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1719. First Published February 11, 2014 8:53 AM


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