U.S. Attorney's office joins investigation of Hill killing

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The U.S. Attorney's Office has joined the investigation into the death of a Hill District woman killed inside her garage last week.

Tina Crawford, 34, was expected to meet with prosecutors investigating a drug case in which the Pennsylvania attorney general's office seized about 1,500 bricks of heroin, about $100,000 in cash and a live chicken from a Mount Washington home this summer.

Pittsburgh police initially responded to the fatal shooting of Ms. Crawford at her family's Cherokee Street home last week. The Pennsylvania attorney general's office said this week that it was aiding in the investigation, and a spokeswoman for the AG's office later said the U.S. Attorney's Office has joined the probe into Ms. Crawford's death as well.

"We are working with law enforcement at all levels," Carolyn Myers, spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, said in an email Thursday.

The AG's office, without explanation, withdrew charges this week against two men charged in connection with the drug case - James Perrin, 35, no address listed, and Price Montgomery, 34, of Mount Washington.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment on either case.

A one-hour visitation for Ms. Crawford will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Pittsburgh 15219, and a funeral will be held there immediately afterward.


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