Teenager charged in shooting death of girl in Rankin

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A teenager has been charged with the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl in Rankin Friday evening.

Delasia Dutrieuille was shot in the Hawkins Village county housing development and pronounced dead at the scene at 7:50 p.m., according to the Allegheny County medical examiner's office. Allegheny County police said Saturday morning that Londell Jones, 16, of Rankin had been arrested and charged with homicide.

Investigators believe Delasia had been robbed by two men shortly before the shooting, and that she had confronted one of the robbers in the housing complex, according to Lt. Andrew Schurman of the county homicide unit.

Delasia was killed outside of a Hawkins Village playground. Some residents said the gunshots were drowned out by loud music playing at Friday night parties.

But Elizabeth Roberts lives across the street from the playground and ran outside when she heard the gunfire. She checked for Delasia's pulse and didn't find one, she said.

It was not the first time she has checked the pulse of a young shooting victim.

"I've seen them get killed younger," she said.

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Lexi Belculfine contributed. Erich Schwartzel: eschwartzel@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1455.


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