McKEESPORT, Pa. -- Two teenagers who police say were involved in the killings of three people at a birthday party in McKeesport will stand trial.
The suspects, Isaiah Hereford, 17, and Deanthony Kirk, 19, are charged with three counts of homicide, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and conspiracy. All charges were held in court during a preliminary hearing on Friday.
Tre Madden, 17, of Harrison Village, and Jahard Poindexter, 30, of Crawford Village, were killed in the shooting. Police identified the third victim as Angela Sanders, 23, of Wilkinsburg.
Marcus Madden, the brother of Tre Madden, was grazed in the head by a bullet. He was treated and released from a Pittsburgh-area hospital.
Channel 11 spoke with Sanders’ mother, Gail Hemblin, in court Friday.
"I can't believe this happened. You don't know how sweet my baby was. They have to pay for what they did," said Hemblin.
According to police, the shootings happened in June at during a birthday party at an apartment building along Nessley Avenue in Crawford Village.
Most party-goers had already left when police said the men forced their way inside the apartment, demanding money before opening fire, police said.
The only other person inside the home at the time was Poindexter’s sister, Brittany Poindexter, who was celebrating her 18th birthday. She wasn’t injured in the shooting.
In June, McKeesport police chief Bryan Washowich told Channel 11 he was relieved after making the arrests.
“They (the victims' families) shook my hand,” said Washowich. “Then they said ‘Thank you.’”
Channel 11 also spoke with the victims' families in June. Hemblin recalled dropping her daughter off at the party.
"She said, 'I love you, mom.' I said, 'I love you, too,' and that was it," Hemblin said.
Sanders’ sister Ebony Sanders said, “There are no answers to this, last night [there was] another senseless shooting."
“My little brother, my best friend and my roommate,” said Marcus Madden. “They were point-blank in front of us, but I couldn’t see. I kept my head down. Britney was sitting on the couch next to my younger brother.”
McKeesport Mayor Jim Brewster had said area officials were taking extra precautions.