Troy Hill homicide has tragic coincidence

18-year-old killed in front of his home, in same spot as his brother

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Four years before Rasheed Strader was killed outside his mother's Troy Hill home, his brother was killed in roughly the same spot.

Both Rasheed and his brother, Sherief Strader, were 18 when they were gunned down.

Rasheed Strader died Monday night after he was shot outside his mother's home on Goettman Street. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office Tuesday ruled his death a homicide after finding a single, fatal gunshot wound to the chest.

Major Crimes Lt. Kevin Kraus said Tuesday that police found Rasheed Strader lying on the ground between two cars and attempted CPR for about 10 minutes, until medics arrived and tried more advanced techniques to save him. Their efforts were unsuccessful and Rasheed Strader died outside his mother's home.

The lieutenant declined to release particulars about suspects. He said police believe that Rasheed Strader spoke with at least one person before the fatal shot was fired and that two people were spotted running away from the crime scene.

Distraught friends and family members gathered at a house near the shooting Monday night, while detectives took photos and measurements and workers from the medical examiner's office prepared Rasheed Strader's body for transport to their office.

Rasheed Strader was 14 when his brother, Sherief Strader, was killed outside his mother's home.

"It looks like they were both killed in front of the house," Lt. Kraus said, after reviewing the case file in Sherief Strader's death.

Police records indicate that Sherief Strader was walking home from a nearby party with some friends when someone opened fire and shot him five times outside his mother's house about 2 a.m. Sept. 26, 2010. He died in Allegheny General Hospital less than an hour later.

Police have not made any arrests in his death. Lt. Kraus said police do not have any information to indicate that the deaths are connected but are "exploring that possibility."

A woman who answered the door at the family home on Goettman Street said Tuesday that relatives did not wish to speak to a reporter.


Staff writer Robert Zullo contributed. Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.


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