City Teen Killed in Pittsburgh Shooting; Friends, Family Grieving

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

UPDATED to clarify that the shooting did not involve the prom.


A McKeesport teen-ager was killed early Friday morning in a shooting on Pittsburgh's South Side, less than a week before she was to graduate from high school.

Morgan Dunston, 18, died at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Uptown, of injuries received in the incident, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. An online fundraising campaign has been created to help the family to defray funeral expenses.

Dunston was a senior at McKeesport Area High School, and friends said she was leaving a dance when the shooting occurred. Although McKeesport held its senior prom Thursday night, Dunston did not attend, said Kristen James, district spokeswoman.

"This young lady was an active student within our high school who was slated to graduate next week," said James, who called the shooting "senseless."

Dunston "was a part of many organizations" and was a student in the district's cosmetology technology program, she said. The district is "deeply saddened" by her death, Davis said.

Take Action Mon Valley's youth chapter has organized a community meeting at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday) at McKeesport Presbyterian Church, 1510 Versailles Ave., a spokeswoman said.

Therapists and pastors will be available to talk with Dunston's fellow students and community members about their grief. No media will be allowed inside.

Pittsburgh police were dispatched to the intersection of South 27th and Jane streets at 3 a.m. Friday for a report of shots fired, said Chris Togneri, a spokesman for the police bureau.

A short time later, Mercy hospital reported that a young woman, later identified as Dunston, had been brought into the hospital by two people in a private vehicle, Togneri said.

Detectives with the city's major crimes unit are investigating, he said. There were four reports of shots fired in Pittsburgh in less than a three-hour period Friday morning, Togneri said, but police do not believe the incidents are related.

An arrest has been made in one of the shootings that happened in the 900 block of Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh, Togneri said, but they do not believe the suspect in that arrest is connected to Dunston's death.

McKeesport Area students did not have classes today because of a scheduled clerical day, and there are no classes Monday due to Memorial Day. However, grief counselors will be available through the end of the school year, Davis said. In addition, community resources will be made available for all high school families, she said.

Dunston's death has been ruled a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call Pittsburgh Police at (412) 323-7800.

Originally published May 24, 2019.

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