About 70 people gathered under the clock tower in Mount Oliver this afternoon seeking justice for Marcus L. White Jr., the 15-month-old toddler who was shot and killed during a family picnic in East Hills on May 21.
The group's message was clear: If you know something about his death, tell police.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, City Council President Bruce Kraus and state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Lincoln-Lemington, were among those braving the cold and snow days before a city proclamation will designate Wednesday as Marcus White Jr. Day. The proclamation honors Marcus, who would have turned 2 years old Wednesday.
"The city will dedicate whatever is needed to find the killers of this baby," Mr. Peduto said.
Dozens of potential witnesses were in sight of the homicide, but none of three men believed to have been involved in the shooting has been identified. Despite the horror of the shooting, police have had a hard time getting people to provide information. The group, which has held a half-dozen rallies, has beseeched anyone who has any information about the killing to cooperate with police.
Police believe that the people shot in the incident -- Marcus and two of his aunts, both of whom recovered -- were not the intended targets.
The eighth rally will be held March 8 in Garfield and is being promoted through a Facebook page (Justice for Baby Marcus) and Instagram (Justice for Baby Mac).