Services have been set for two of the three men killed last week in a fire at a Homewood boarding house.
Pittsburgh police said Latoya Lyerly, 42, admitted to setting the Feb. 17 fire after she said voices in her head told her that it was her “mission” to kill everyone inside the house.
She was charged with three counts of homicide, arson and other offenses and was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. today in City Court, Downtown.
A memorial service will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today for Calvin Turner, 56, at Spriggs-Watson Funeral Home, 720 N. Lang Ave., Homewood, followed by his funeral.
Mr. Turner, also known as “Carwash,” got his nickname by washing cars in Homewood. Friends said he was also a passionate artist.
A memorial service will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday for Gerald Johnson, 68, at Coston Funeral Home, 427 Lincoln Ave., East Liberty, followed by the funeral.
Immediately afterward, another memorial service will be held for him at Cabaret Event Hall & Banquet Center, 7928 Frankstown Ave., Homewood.
A funeral was held Monday for Derlyn Vance, 73, whose family owned the North Lang Avenue home where the fire occurred.
Friends and neighbors said Mr. Vance allowed homeless and other “down-and-out” people to stay in his home as they worked to get their lives together.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office said all three men died from smoke inhalation and burns.
Andrew Goldstein: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1352.