16-year-old football player fatally shot in Garfield was a 'great kid,' mother says


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Pittsburgh police identified a 16-year-old boy killed Sunday night in a shooting in Garfield as Ne'Ondre Harbour.

The Garfield teenager was standing outside a house at 408 N. Aiken Ave. when a man walked up and started shooting into the house at about 8:19 p.m., police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki said in a press release.

Shot in the torso, Ne'Ondre ran from the house and collapsed near Kincaid Street and North Atlantic Avenue, Cmdr. Stangrecki said.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said the boy was pronounced dead at UPMC Presbyterian, where he was rushed after the shooting.

Homicide detectives were investigating but had made no arrests.

Police said Ne'Ondre was not involved in the dispute that led to the shooting.

Ne'Ondre was the youngest of six children -- he had three sisters and two brothers -- and lived blocks from the site of the shooting.

"He was a great kid," said his mother, Denise Harbour. "He wasn't in the streets. He went to school, came home, did his homework. He did all the kinds of things you're supposed to do. His future was so bright. It was taken away from him for something he had nothing to do with."

His father, Reginald Harbour, a dialysis patient, was so grief-stricken at the news of his son's demise that he had to be rushed to the hospital after experiencing heart palpitations and was admitted for observation, said Mrs. Harbour, a bus driver for city schools.

School staff at Pittsburgh Obama, where Ne'Ondre was 11th grader, described him as a "warm, caring young man with a great sense of humor."

He was a standout player on the USO football team -- the merged team of students from Pittsburgh Milliones (University Prep), Pittsburgh Obama and Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy. He was also a member of Pittsburgh Obama's wrestling and track teams.

"Pittsburgh Public Schools is saddened by the very heartbreaking loss to our Pittsburgh Obama family," the district said in a prepared statement.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944. First Published October 15, 2012 5:00 PM


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