Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Marsha Hinton Died Feb. 18, 2014 Driven to Do Good after Son's Killing

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Marsha Hinton Died Feb. 18, 2014 Driven to Do Good after Son's Killing

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Marsha Hinton's world shattered when a drive-by shooting took the life of her only child, Tyrell, in April 1996.

The pain was etched on her face for the rest of her life, said Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski, a former assistant district attorney who successfully prosecuted Tyrell Hinton's killer, James E. Mitchell Jr.

"Despite the emotional devastation of losing her only son, she displayed remarkable fortitude and courage in raising her granddaughter and devoting her life professionally to helping others in the court system," Judge Borkowski said.

Ms. Hinton, an inaugural member of the Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board and a former population control coordinator for Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, died Tuesday at UPMC Presbyterian after a sudden illness, relatives and former colleagues said. The East Liberty native was 64.

Ms. Hinton, a 1968 graduate of Wilkinsburg High School, earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972 and also was a longtime supervisor with Allegheny County's Program for Female Offenders, an alternative housing program now just called the Program for Offenders.

"She was a remarkable human being. She had a tremendous wit and she had a strength and endurance that was just admirable," said Elizabeth Pittinger, executive director of the Citizen Police Review Board, which Ms. Hinton served on from 1997 to 2010, including 11 years as chairwoman. "She was calm, she was sensible, very practical and held no animus toward anybody."

Ms. Hinton left the board in 2010 after a push by then-Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to install five new members amid a legal fight over the board's demand for records related to police conduct during the 2009 G-20 summit.

"Marsha left her imprint on the values of the CPRB and certainly encourages us to maintain the objectivity that we're expected to maintain," Ms. …

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