Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Life Remembered - and a Future Lost Instead of Graduation, a Funeral for Mckeesport Area Senior Killed by Gunfire

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Life Remembered - and a Future Lost Instead of Graduation, a Funeral for Mckeesport Area Senior Killed by Gunfire

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Prom night came one week before twin sisters Morgan and Jordyn Dunston were set to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas from McKeesport Area High School.

The 18-year-olds, who had never spent a full day apart, took different paths Thursday: Jordyn went to prom. Morgan, never one to dress up, skipped the event but attended some post-prom parties with friends.

After one party was closed down, Morgan ended up in a parking lot in the South Side Flats around 3 a.m. Friday, hanging out with a small group, making their own party, and dancing - she loved to dance - with a boy.

"Someone came up from behind and started shooting and my baby got shot," Morgan's mother, Angie Krimm, 41, said Monday. Morgan's friends rushed her from the parking lot at the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community Center at South 27th and Jane streets to a hospital. But she had been shot in the head, and she died.

Now, instead of watching two daughters graduate this week, Ms. Krimm will accept Morgan's diploma on Thursday and hold her funeral on Friday. On Saturday, they'll hold a graduation party and a celebration of life.

Already touched by tragedy - the body of Ms. Krimm's sister, 14-year-old Kimberlie Krimm, was found in McKeesport in 1998 - the family is reeling again from Morgan's death, and her lost future, which had seemed so promising.

"She wasn't in a gang. She wasn't with the wrong crowd," Ms. Krimm said. "She was at the wrong place at the wrong time, trying to enjoy life."

Morgan was set to attend cosmetology school in August, Ms. Krimm said. She had a beautiful smile, a bubbly personality, and a kind demeanor that led her to always comfort and care for others, her mother said. She watched movies and listened to music and danced. Ms. Krimm had opened a savings account for her grandchild and had asked Morgan for any spare change.

It was a duty Morgan took seriously. …

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