Pa. Police Department Creates New Initiative to Spotlight Unsolved Homicides

May 31, 2024
Starting June 1, the Allegheny County Police Department and the Hoop Alliance will feature an ongoing homicide investigation monthly on their social media channels.

The Allegheny County Police Department is launching an initiative to bring more awareness to unsolved homicide cases.

"Through conversations with community groups, led by Hoop Alliance, we want to make it clear no case is forgotten," the department wrote on Facebook.

Starting June 1, county police and Braddock-based organization Helping Out Our People, or Hoop Alliance, will feature an ongoing homicide investigation monthly on their social media channels. Every homicide featured has been unsolved for at least a year.

"We need the community's help to bring these cases to a close," according to a statement from the department.

Both social media channels will feature information about each homicide "that is both available and appropriate to release within the scope of the ongoing investigation," with the goal of uncovering more information to solve the cases, police said.

Hoop Alliance is led by families from Woodland Hills School District who have lost children to gun violence. It offers support for grief-stricken families and plays host to several youth violence prevention initiatives throughout the Mon Valley.

The group was founded by Cathy Welsh, who lost her son, 16-year-old Jerame Turner, when he was killed in a shooting in Turtle Creek in 2017. His homicide case remains open, which she said has been "emotionally heavy" to deal with.

"We have over 60 unsolved [homicide] cases from our Woodland Hills community — closing cases is a vital part of ending violence," Ms. Welsh said.

"I truly believe one of the ways for witnesses to feel safe is building better relationships between families, Allegheny County homicide detectives and the district attorney's office."

Anyone with information can call the Allegheny County Police Tip Line at 1-833-255-8477 and callers can remain anonymous.

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