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PA - Teen dies from hunting-related shooting

Pittsburgh boy, 15, dies in hunting incident

By David M. Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, December 10, 2007

A Beechview teen died from a gunshot wound received in a hunting-related shooting Saturday in Washington County, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said Sunday.

George Farah, 15, of Westfield Street died at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, in Oakland, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday of a chest wound after he was shot off Plum Road in Mt. Pleasant, according to the medical examiner's office. The manner of death is under investigation by the medical examiner.

State Game Commission officials did not respond to calls regarding their investigation.

A man who answered the phone at the Farah residence said the family did not wish to talk about the teenager's death.
Neighbors on Westfield Street were shocked.

"He was just so sweet, very sweet and very polite," said Janna Marsh, who lives nearby and has known the Farah family for several years. "They are great neighbors -- the whole family."

"George was very helpful if we ever needed anything. He was always really nice to my kids. All of their kids are very nice," Marsh said.

Saturday was the last day of the state's two-week rifle deer-hunting season. At least eight other people have been reported shot since the season began Nov. 26. A teenager was wounded in a hunting accident Tuesday in Kittanning Township in Armstrong County, state police said. A shooting death involving a hunter in Monroe County is being investigated as a homicide, according to state Game Commission officials.

A hunter whose body was found Wednesday in Butler County died of natural causes, state police said. The 64-year-old hunter's body was found off Bonniebrook Road in Summit Township, east of Butler.

David M. Brown can be reached at dbrown@tribweb.com

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