Funeral held for mother of 5 killed in cookout ambush

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 20, 2016 11:00 AM

Two women embrace outside the Unity Baptist Church in Braddock, Pa. at the viewing of Shada Mahone before her funeral, Monday, March 14, 2016. Mahone was one of six people killed, including an unborn child, in a shooting at a backyard party that also critically wounded two others in nearby Wilkinsburg, Pa, on March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Pittsburgh) -- A funeral service has been held for a mother of five who was among those killed earlier this month in gunfire at a western Pennsylvania cookout.

More than 100 people gathered Saturday at Mulberry Community Church in Wilkinsburg to mourn Tina Shelton, who was killed in the March 9 gunfire in Wilkinsburg that left five adults and an unborn child dead.

A letter from her partner, Bruce Mullen Jr., was read in which he called for forgiveness for those responsible and said Shelton was killed "because God needed another angel in heaven."

A funeral service for Shada Mahone was held Monday, and a joint service for siblings Jerry Shelton, Brittany Powell and Chanetta Powell is scheduled Tuesday.

An official says authorities believe they have identified suspects, but arrests aren't imminent.

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