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Bluesman-drummer Leroy K. Wofford dies from gunshot wounds on Sunday 9/9/12

Post-Gazette.com

Man dies of gunshot in Lincoln-Lemington

September 10, 2012 12:07 am

A Lincoln-Lemington man who was shot in the chest early Saturday morning died yesterday afternoon.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Leroy K. Wofford, 59, died at UPMC Presbyterian at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police said a couple of men walked up to Mr. Wofford's porch in the 1600 block of Broadhead Street before opening fire through the door. Mr. Wofford, a popular local jazz vocalist, was struck in the chest.

The medical examiner was awaiting the results of an autopsy Sunday evening to confirm Mr. Wofford's cause of death. No arrests have been made.

First Published September 10, 2012 12:00 am

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Comment by Garland Rose on September 15, 2012 at 9:01am

Leroy. We started out in life together from Larmier School to the stages you so much delighted. The thought of your last performance will resonate forever to the many people your delighted with your true art. So many will miss you. I can only say, "See you down the road."

My tears of joy and love,

Garland

Comment by Richard G. Portis on September 11, 2012 at 4:47am

Tonight at the Savoy the Wednesday salute to Bluesman Leroy was announced two times.

The evening of 1 year of jazz was thick with a Spirit of a soulful air that would have lifted a A BluesMan/poet like Leroy toward heaven. Wednesday Lets give our Bluesman a sendoff with a VIEW

Comment by The Brian Edwards Excursion on September 11, 2012 at 3:35am

R.I.P. Leroy!

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 11, 2012 at 1:59am

On behalf of Leroy's family and to help with final expenses, Adam Johnston and the staff of James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy and hosting a Jam Session for Leroy, this Wednesday from 6:00pm until.  Leroy's sister and niece will be there to greet his friends and supporters and to thank contributers.  All are welcome.

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 11, 2012 at 1:54am

Lincoln-Lemington man shot through front door

September 8, 2012 10:44 am

Pittsburgh police homicide detectives are investigating the shooting early  this morning of a 59-year-old Lincoln-Lemington man.

The victim, who was taken to the hospital, was shot through his front door in  the 1600 block of Broadhead Street and hit in the chest, police said.

KDKA-TV identified the victim as Leroy K. Wofford.

Police said a couple of men walked up to the victim's porch before the  shooting occurred.

"I did hear the shot. It was so close," a neighbor who did not want to be  identified said. "It was scary."

Ronald Grogan, the landlord of the house, said he had not been contacted by  police.

Mr. Grogan identified his tenant as a local singer who lived alone. The  neighbor said that was the man she saw being loaded into an ambulance, but his  identity could not be confirmed with authorities.

He is in critical condition at UPMC Presbyterian, according to  KDKA.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/lincol...

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 11, 2012 at 1:51am

Victim of Lincoln-Lemington shooting dies at UPMC Presbyterian

September 9, 2012 9:26 pm
 

A Lincoln-Lemington man who was shot in the chest early Saturday morning  passed away this afternoon.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office  said Leroy K. Wofford, 59, died at UPMC Presbyterian at 12:30 p.m.

Police said a couple of men walked up to Mr. Wofford's porch in the 1600  block of Broadhead Street before opening fire through the door. Mr. Wofford was  struck in the chest.

The medical examiner was awaiting the results of an autopsy Sunday evening to  confirm Mr. Wofford's cause of death.

First Published September 9, 2012  9:25 pm

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/victim...

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