Family of murder victim speaks out, case moving forward

"I was proud of him. He was doing real good. He had a bright future. Somebody here in Erie took that future from him," says Reginald Daniels, De'Andre Carter's father.

Carter is Erie's most recent murder victim.

He died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Corsic Carson, Carter's girlfriend, says, "Very outgoing, loved to ride on his motorcycle, was not into drama or into the street. It's just so tragic that this has happened to an innocent person who just loved life and loved his family."

The shooting happened near West 4th and Plum Streets April 30th, after police say a fight broke out near Ultra View Lounge bar.

A neighbor in that area says Carter came to his home for help after being shot.

Willie Dixon says, "I took him inside and he was talking to me and I asked him what happened, was he in a confrontation or anything? He said he didn't do any of that type of stuff, he was just walking in and he got hit. So I was like alright well just stay calm, and I called the ambulance. The girl I live with, she started talking to him and keeping him awoke. After 20-30 minutes he started saying he didn't feel well. He started like shaking and sweating."

Carter died at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh May 3rd.

Carter marks Erie's fourth homicide of the year, the only murder case in 2017 still open.

Erie Police Chief Don Dacus says detectives are working around the clock to close the investigation.

Dacus says, "They were in over the weekend still working it. When you start dealing with the forensics aspects of a homicide, that's never a fast process. There's a lot of evidence to be sent, tested and analyzed."

Carson says, "Knowing that this person is still out here and knowing that they're still breathing, they're still living their lives knowing that they had did this to an innocent person, it's just not right."

Daniels says, "I am hoping that somebody who knows anything, call the detective. Find my son's killer."

Dacus says the detectives are not able to release any details on the investigation.

He says they have been able to interview people who were at the bar that night and the case is moving forward.

However, Dacus says there is still people out there with key information in the case and they're asking them to come forward with any information they have.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 870-1120.


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