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Few Details Released in City Woman’s Death

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
September 14, 2021
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A city woman was found dead Monday morning outside her home on 25th Avenue in Christy Park.

Karli Short, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said. Her father told Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV his daughter was five months pregnant at the time of her death.

“The pain that I feel is indescribable,” said Brandon Short, a McKeesport native, Penn State University trustee and former All-American linebacker. “A parent shouldn’t lose a child. That’s not the way that the world is supposed to work.”

In a prepared statement, Allegheny County police said first responders were dispatched to the home when a caller to 9-1-1 reported a woman was “down.” They arrived to find Short suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Short’s body was found at the rear of the home, the medical examiner’s office said.

Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating but have not speculated publicly on any possible motive or suspect.

Short’s father, Brandon, was a star athlete at McKeesport Area High School and went onto play professionally for the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. He is now an investment banker.

On Facebook, he called Karli Short’s death “a senseless act of gun violence.”

“My heart is broken. I’ve lost the light of my life,” he wrote. “The love she had was so pure and true. The world lost a beautiful soul. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and please keep our family in your prayers as we struggle through this difficult time.”

In an interview with WTAE-TV, Brandon Short said he wants to see the people who killed Karli “brought to justice.”

“Karli Short was a great human being, and she was a mother-to-be,” Brandon Short told the station. “This senseless act of violence has to stop, and we want to bring the people who did this to justice.”

His daughter had been working at a personal care home, he said.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477).

Originally published September 14, 2021.

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