More than 40 people, including Mayor Bill Peduto, gathered Saturday evening to share prayers and comfort in remembrance of Raghib Dolphin, a 24-year-old Fineview man who was shot and killed last month in Brighton Heights.
The vigil was held on the cold sidewalk along Brighton Road in Brighton Heights where Mr. Dolphin was gunned down in the early morning hours of Feb. 26 while he was out with friends. Police are continuing their investigation into who fired the shots.
Mr. Dolphin, who was struck three times, died after calling his mother, Cynthia Simpson, to tell her he had been shot and that he was being taken to Allegheny General Hospital. He was pronounced dead just before 4 a.m.
"So many of our children are dying," Ms. Simpson told the friends and family members embracing each other. "So many mothers get up here and say the same things I'm saying. ... Please stop the violence. Please stop shooting and killing each other."
Those gathered wept and laughed together, released blue and white balloons, and listened to a recording of Mr. Dolphin singing with his church choir.
"We go to these vigils too often," said Mr. Peduto, who asked anyone with information about the shooting to come forward. "Put away the gun. Take one moment, take one breath and think about the consequences of your actions."
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