Police seek suspect in Troy Hill slaying

Pittsburgh police announced today that have obtained a warrant in the killing of a Troy Hill man outside his mother's home last month.

Theodore Smedley, 18, is being sought on charges of homicide and conspiracy in connection with the March 24 killing of Rasheed Strader, 18, who was found shot on Goettman Street. Police have not charged anyone else in connection with the killing.

Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint that they were called to the 1100 block of Goettman Street at 9:27 p.m. and arrived to find Strader lying on the ground between two parked cars. Medics tried to revive him, but Strader was pronounced dead at the scene 10 minutes later.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Strader had been shot multiple times in the chest and neck and that workers recovered four bullet slugs from his body, police wrote in the affidavit filed April 2.

Homicide detectives wrote in the complaint that they suspect two people were smoking in the area before Strader approached them. They wrote that they suspect two people shot him and then ran toward a nearby ballfield.

Strader's older brother, Sherief Strader, was killed in roughly the same location four years ago, also at the age of 18.

Police records indicate that Sherief Strader was walking home from a party with some friends when someone shot him five times outside his mother's house about 2 a.m. Sept. 26, 2010. Police have not made any arrests in his death.

Mr. Smedley is known to spend time in the East End and Troy Hill and might be driving a blue Chevy Malibu or tan Dodge Avenger, police said in a news release today.

They said Mr. Smedley is about 5 feet 7, has a thin build and appears to be either bi-racial or a light-skinned black man.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the police bureau's homicide squad at 412-323-7161.

"Smedley is armed and dangerous, and should not be approached if located," police said.

First Published April 8, 2014 11:37 AM


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