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Family: Penn Hills Teen Despondent Before Stabbing
Tiffany Hill told investigators that her stepson, Troy, has been despondent and depressed for the last month
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<FONT color=#444444>(KDKA)</FONT> <FONT color=#444444>PENN HILLS</FONT> The stepmother of a Penn Hills teenager who's accused of killing his 11-year-old half-brother and injuring the younger boy's twin says the 18-year-old had been despondent and depressed in the weeks leading up to the double stabbing.

<STRONG>Troy Hill, 18, is </STRONG>being held in the Allegheny County Jail on homicide and attempted homicide charges for the attack on Tyron and Tyrel Hill.

Investigators say <STRONG>Troy Hill stabbed the twins</STRONG> at their home on Richey Drive on Tuesday. Tyron Hill died at the scene; and police say his surviving twin, Tyrel, identified Troy as the attacker.

According to the criminal complaint, as Tyrel was being taken to the hospital on Tuesday, a Penn Hills officer asked Tyrel if he knew who hurt him. According to the report, <STRONG>Tyrel told the officer that his older brother said Mommy put something in his [Troy's] food</STRONG>.

Tiffany Hill, <STRONG>Troy's stepmother, told investigators that Troy has been despondent and depressed for the last month</STRONG>.

Likewise, the <STRONG>victims' grandfather told reporters that the teenager had "a problem</STRONG>."

Terry Wirginis of the Guyasuta Football Association coached the younger boys in youth football. He also talked about <STRONG>Troy Hill's battle with depression</STRONG>.

“The family's very private as well, but <STRONG>we were aware that he was having some depression issues</STRONG> and you just never know what's going to happen,” says Terry Wirginis, of the Guyasuta Football Association.

While arresting Hilll, investigators have bot commented on a potential motive for the crime.

“I have no knowledge of his mental issues,” Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt told reporters.

Moffatt says those questions can wait. “The family is very distraught at this time, and it's better for us not only to let them grieve but consol their other son who is still alive at this time rather than bombard them."
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Family Searches For Answers In Penn Hills Stabbing
The victims' grandfather says Tyrel Hill, 11, identifed his attacker as his half-brother, Troy, 18
Lovett Williams described his twin grandsons as "straight-A students," and "super football players"
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<FONT color=#444444>(KDKA)</FONT> <FONT color=#444444>PENN HILLS</FONT> A Penn Hills family is searching for answers – trying to understand why one 18-year-old son would kill his 11-year-old half-brother and critically injure the younger boy's twin.

With Troy Hill, 18, now in custody accused of fatally stabbing Tyron Hill, 11, and wounding Tyrel Hill, 11, the victims' grandfather told KDKA that the family is in shock.

"I still can't believe – I can't believe that it happened," Lovett Williams said as he prepared to make funeral arrangements for one of his young grandsons and visit another at Children's Hospital.

Today police told reporters that Troy Hill was babysitting his young half-brothers before the stabbing in their home along Richey Drive.

Williams says he knew something was wrong when no one answered the phone when he called his grandchildren.

When he went inside the home, Williams says his grandson, Tyrel, told him that his older brother, Troy, was responsible.

Williams described the twins as great kids, "straight-A students," and "super football players."

Williams said Troy Hill is also a good student and star athlete. He told KDKA there was never any indication that anything like this would happen.

Williams wondered if something may have happened to Troy Hill while he was in college.

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<DIV id=storyBody>Three weeks ago, star defensive back Troy Lavalle Hill Jr. was on the football field with his Waynesburg College teammates preparing for the season.
Today he is in the Allegheny County Jail, accused of stabbing his 11-year-old twin half-brothers several times -- killing one of them -- and fleeing the family's Penn Hills home on foot.
Hill, 18, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the 1400 block of Loretta Drive in Penn Hills, less than a mile from his home on Richey Drive. He was arraigned on charges of criminal homicide and attempted homicide and jailed without bond to await a preliminary hearing.
Hill was baby-sitting his half-brothers, Tyrel and Tyron Hill, on Tuesday when the attack occurred, county police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said
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The twins' parents, Tiffany Hill and Troy Hill Sr., were at work. Troy Hill Jr.'s mother lives in Woodbridge, Va., Moffatt said.

Investigators do not know what prompted the attack, but Tiffany Hill said Troy Hill, who is her stepson, <STRONG>has been despondent and depressed for the past month</STRONG>, a criminal complaint states.
As Tyrel Hill, who survived the attack, was being taken in an ambulance to Children's Hospital, police asked him if he knew why he was stabbed.
"<STRONG>Troy said that Mommy put something in his food</STRONG>," Tyrel replied, according to the complaint.
The boys' grandfather found the twins in the attic, bleeding and wrapped in a blanket. Tyrel told his grandfather, "Pappy, I'm dead. I'm dying." Tyron was dead when police and paramedics arrived, Moffatt said.

Tyrel Hill, who told police that Troy Hill carried the twins to the attic, remained hospitalized in critical condition.
Those who know the Hill family were saddened by the violence.
<STRONG>"(Troy) is a great kid, comes from a great family, and he was well-liked by coaches and teammates</STRONG>," Waynesburg College football coach Rick Shepas said "<STRONG>Troy did a great job both academically and athletically</STRONG>. He started as a freshman."
A former Penn Hills High School football star, Hill reported to football camp Aug. 8 with the rest of his teammates, but dropped out of school a few days later, Shepas said.
"He just cited that his heart wasn't in football and that he was leaving school," the coach said. "I was surprised. However, at this level, you do get athletes who choose to leave football for different reasons."
<STRONG>Penn Hills School District Superintendent Tricia Gennari said Hill was a star in the classroom and on the field</STRONG>.
"<STRONG>He was a good student, polite, and a very good athlete," Gennari said. "He certainly was not a youngster that was ever called to my attention" for disciplinary reasons</STRONG>.
While friends and family struggled to understand why, they continued to mourn for Tyron and to pray for Tyrel.
"I've known the Hill family for eight years, and I have children who play on the same (football) teams as the twins," said Terry Wirginis, president of the Guyasuta Area Football Association in Fox Chapel, where Tyrel is a quarterback and Tyron was a running back. Troy Hill Sr. is a coach, and Troy Hill Jr. is a former player.
"I just can't say enough things about the Hill family, or about Tyrel and Tyron," Wirginis said. "They are outstanding athletes, but even more outstanding personally."
Wirginis learned of the attack shortly before football practice Tuesday night. As kids arrived at the field, he gathered each team and told the young players that the twins were in danger and needed their prayers.
Practices this week and games this weekend were canceled. "All the coaches are so distraught, nobody can even think about football," Wirginis said.
Players and coaches will meet privately tonight with grief counselors, he said.
"It will be an opportunity for our kids to begin to try to understand what happened and why," Wirginis said. "I just can't figure it out. But I guess we're not supposed to figure some things out."
Grief counselors were available at Penn Hills schools, Gennari said.
"Today was really a day of shock and emotion," she said. "I don't think we've moved beyond that yet. ... It was very rough this morning."
The twins were seventh-graders at Linton Middle School. Counselors were also sent to Shenandoah Elementary School, the boys' former school.
"These two youngsters are very popular, with students and staff," Gennari said. "You can never make any sense out of something like this."
Jim Campbell said he has lived on Richey Drive for 20 years and never saw a police officer being called to the peaceful cul-de-sac.
But when he drove home Tuesday night, "there were so many police cars I had to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up," he said.
Campbell said that when his 3-year-old grandson plays on a swing set in the front yard, the twins always stopped by to chat with the boy.
"They were his heroes," Campbell said. "Most kids their age wouldn't bother with a 3-year-old, but they were really nice little guys."
Every morning, Williams would leave his home and walk Tyrel and Tyron to the bus stop at the bottom of the hill. And every afternoon, he would wait for their bus to return and walk them home, Campbell said.
Yesterday afternoon, there were no family reunions. Instead, teddy bears, flowers and condolence cards were on the front porch of the house.
<STRONG>A few hours after the stabbings, Troy Hill knocked on the door of a home on Loretta Drive</STRONG> but left when the homeowner would not let him inside. When the woman later heard about the slaying and saw his picture on the news, she called police.
<STRONG>The woman said Hill returned about 12:45 p.m. yesterday and again knocked on the door, asking to use the telephone. She told him to leave and said she was going to call 911. </STRONG>
<STRONG>"He said, 'Call 911. I want to turn myself in.'</STRONG> He had scratches on his face and there was dried blood on his hands," said the woman, who called police. "<STRONG>He was very polite and kept calling me 'ma'am.' He was thirsty and kept asking me for water. He asked five times, 'When are the police coming?'" </STRONG>
Hill ran from the house moments before Penn Hills police K-9 Specialist Dave Klobucher drove up and saw him trying to go through a wooden gate at a neighboring home.
"I said, 'Stop or I'll send the dog.' He immediately turned around and put his hands up. I ordered him to the ground at gunpoint. He didn't say a word, but got down and was handcuffed by other officers," Klobucher said.

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<P class=story>PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) - Police on Wednesday arrested an 18-year-old accused of stabbing his 11-year-old twin half brothers, killing one of them and critically injuring the other.
<P class=story>The boys' grandfather, Lovett Williams, said he heard Tyrel Hill call out, ``Pappy, I'm dead. I'm dying,'' when he went to the family's suburban Pittsburgh home to check on them Tuesday. Williams went to the attic, where he found Tyrel, wrapped in a blood-soaked blanket, and the body of his twin, Tyron.
<P class=story>``<STRONG>There was blood everywhere,'' Williams said. ``Everywhere. Blood all over the house. Downstairs, up the steps</STRONG>.''
<P class=story>The surviving twin identified his older half-brother, Troy Lavalle Hill, as the attacker, police and Williams said.
<P class=story>``I said, 'Who did this?' He said, 'Troy,''' Williams said.
<P class=story>Police and dogs searching the woods near the family's Penn Hills home had been unable to find Troy Hill, but he was arrested Wednesday after he emerged from woods beyond the area authorities had searched. Allegheny County Police Assistant Superintendent James Morton said he did not know how far Hill had been from the home.
<P class=story>``I know it's not where we were looking for him last night,'' Morton said Wednesday afternoon. ``He just continued farther into the woods than we thought he did.''
<P class=story>Hill was arraigned in Allegheny County Night Court on charges of criminal homicide and attempted homicide and held without bond in the county jail.
<P class=story>Police said they believe <STRONG>Hill has emotional problems</STRONG>. Tiffany Hill, the twins' mother and the suspect's stepmother, told police that Troy Hill ``<STRONG>has been depressed and despondent'' for about a month, according to the criminal complaint</STRONG>.
<P class=story>Tyrel was in critical condition Wednesday at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, but police said he was expected to survive.
<P class=story>``I don't know how I'm going to make it,'' Lovett Williams told reporters. ``I moved here so I could be with my grandsons. I hope I can survive. As long as (Tyrel) makes it, I might make it, too.''
<P class=story>Troy Hill played football for Waynesburg College last season but did not return for the fall semester.
<P class=story>``All I know is he's been depressed lately,'' Williams' wife, Clem Williams, said Wednesday. ``I don't know what happened when the boys got home from school.''
<P class=story>The three brothers lived with their parents and a 3-year-old sister in Penn Hills, about five miles east of Pittsburgh. The little girl was not home when the twins were stabbed, Clem Williams said.
<P class=story>The grandparents live near the family and went to check on the twins after their mother tried calling the house from work and got no answer, police said.
<P class=story>``I just know they were a <STRONG><FONT size=4>lovely, close-knit family</FONT></STRONG>,'' said neighbor Marlene Hogan. ``<STRONG><FONT size=5>All</FONT></STRONG> the boys were great. The twins were the sweetest kids.''
<P class=story>Penn Hills School District officials said grief counselors were available Wednesday at Linton Middle School to help the boys' classmates cope.
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<TD><IMG alt="" src="http://news.mywebpal.com/partners/680/i ... ACFB5D.jpg" align=right border=1></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><FONT face=Verdana,Arial>The Northwest Georgia bomb squad was called to the Huckleberry Ridge location Monday night where John Clayton Corley allegedly shot a man and seriously injured a woman Sunday evening.
Investigators were initially alerted to a suspicious item while looking at photos of the home.
“Checking back on some pictures, I found something of interest,” said Sgt. Gary Conway with the Floyd County Police Department.
The bomb squad came to the residence and removed what appeared to be some type of device. Conway did not discuss the specifics of the item. “It’s something we felt like we needed to take out of the house,” he said.
About 10 other weapons, including assault rifles, were also removed from the residence Monday night.
Corley, 36, of <FONT color=#0066cc>959 Wilkerson Road </FONT>, is charged with shooting Charles Jeffery Christian, 46, of 960 Wilkerson Road. Christian was pronounced dead at the scene about 7:45 p.m. Sunday, said Chief Deputy Coroner Tony Cooper.
Also, Phyllis Hayes Avery, 32, was in critical condition at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., Monday night, a hospital spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Corley, charged with murder, remained at Floyd County Jail with no bail set Monday night.
Christian and Avery had been working at Christian’s 960 Wilkerson Road house when the shootings occurred, said Floyd County Police Chief Bill Shiflett.
Corley appears to have stepped away from his house and started firing at a neighboring home, standing at a small wooden bridge that crosses a dry ditch between the homes, said Sgt. Gary Conway with the Floyd County police.
The rounds, from an AK-47, sprayed the nearby home, at 959 Wilkerson Road, where 73-year-old Betty Wigley was looking after her son, Scott, who has multiple sclerosis and is bedridden.
Hearing the gunfire hit her home and thinking it was a fire, Betty Wigley called 911 about 6:30 p.m. and requested the fire department, whose personnel were the first responders to the scene.
Later realizing they were being fired upon with no way to escape, Betty and Scott Wigley took cover as best they could, said son Jeff Wigley.
“She had no way to get him out, so they just kind of hunkered down in there,” he said.
The bullets shattered windows, battered furniture and struck a water line, sending water flooding into the basement, the Wigleys said. Several vehicles and multiple buildings were damaged in the initial incident, police said.
Conway said police had marked more than 150 bullet holes in the home’s exterior Monday afternoon.
Five shots entered the son’s room but were stopped by blocks left over from when the home was a cabin. Had the blocks not been there, he would likely have been struck, Conway said.
The rounds appeared to be military-issue with penetrator inserts, said Sgt. Perry Maynard, also a detective with the FCPD. The bullets are commercially available, he said. Multiple clips were recovered at the scene.
The family, whose members were not injured, is lucky to be alive, Conway said.
“There was one bullet that went through two rooms and out the garage,” Conway said. “They could have easily been injured or killed.”
Christian was thought to have been killed when he went to investigate the initial shooting, police said.
“Apparently the deceased came down to see what was going on,” Conway said, and was shot after a confrontation. Christian was pronounced dead at the scene, said Cooper.
The Wigleys described Christian as a hard-working man who often helped them with their bedridden son while William Wigley was away on business. He was the owner of Christian Waste Management, and was also said to have owned a pawnshop on Shorter Avenue.
Jeff Wigley said he felt sorrow for the Christian family and described Jeff Christian’s efforts as “heroic.”
“When he heard something, he tried to take action,” he said.
After the confrontation, Corley then allegedly shot Avery, who police say was hiding behind a pickup truck. The bullet that struck Avery was thought to have first passed through the truck, Maynard said.
Avery, said to be a recent college graduate who was possibly teaching in the Atlanta area, was airlifted to Erlanger on Sunday.
Corley was arrested at the scene Monday after firefighters came upon the shooting and called police.
The Wigley family said they were baffled by the tragedy.
Relations between the neighbors were always cordial, William Wigley said. “Why he wanted to express his emotions this way is beyond me,” he said.
Jeff Wigley said the family had known John Corley and the Corley family since John Corley’s birth, adding the Corley family also would help Betty Wigley with her son when William Wigley was away.
<STRONG>Police said statements from family and neighbors indicated John Corley has been depressed and may have suffered from multiple personalities.</STRONG>
He is believed to have been a <STRONG>Gulf War veteran</STRONG>, and family has attempted to get Corley to seek medical attention, police said. Though he lives on the property with his parents, Corley was alone at the time of the time of the shooting, police said.
Representatives from the Corley family declined comment Monday.
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Family: Penn Hills Teen Despondent Before Stabbing
Tiffany Hill told investigators that her stepson, Troy, has been despondent and depressed for the last month
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<FONT color=#444444>(KDKA)</FONT> <FONT color=#444444>PENN HILLS</FONT> The stepmother of a Penn Hills teenager who's accused of killing his 11-year-old half-brother and injuring the younger boy's twin says the 18-year-old had been despondent and depressed in the weeks leading up to the double stabbing.

<STRONG>Troy Hill, 18, is </STRONG>being held in the Allegheny County Jail on homicide and attempted homicide charges for the attack on Tyron and Tyrel Hill.

Investigators say <STRONG>Troy Hill stabbed the twins</STRONG> at their home on Richey Drive on Tuesday. Tyron Hill died at the scene; and police say his surviving twin, Tyrel, identified Troy as the attacker.

According to the criminal complaint, as Tyrel was being taken to the hospital on Tuesday, a Penn Hills officer asked Tyrel if he knew who hurt him. According to the report, <STRONG>Tyrel told the officer that his older brother said Mommy put something in his [Troy's] food</STRONG>.

Tiffany Hill, <STRONG>Troy's stepmother, told investigators that Troy has been despondent and depressed for the last month</STRONG>.

Likewise, the <STRONG>victims' grandfather told reporters that the teenager had "a problem</STRONG>."

Terry Wirginis of the Guyasuta Football Association coached the younger boys in youth football. He also talked about <STRONG>Troy Hill's battle with depression</STRONG>.

“The family's very private as well, but <STRONG>we were aware that he was having some depression issues</STRONG> and you just never know what's going to happen,” says Terry Wirginis, of the Guyasuta Football Association.

While arresting Hilll, investigators have bot commented on a potential motive for the crime.

“I have no knowledge of his mental issues,” Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt told reporters.

Moffatt says those questions can wait. “The family is very distraught at this time, and it's better for us not only to let them grieve but consol their other son who is still alive at this time rather than bombard them."
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Family Searches For Answers In Penn Hills Stabbing
The victims' grandfather says Tyrel Hill, 11, identifed his attacker as his half-brother, Troy, 18
Lovett Williams described his twin grandsons as "straight-A students," and "super football players"
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<FONT color=#444444>(KDKA)</FONT> <FONT color=#444444>PENN HILLS</FONT> A Penn Hills family is searching for answers – trying to understand why one 18-year-old son would kill his 11-year-old half-brother and critically injure the younger boy's twin.

With Troy Hill, 18, now in custody accused of fatally stabbing Tyron Hill, 11, and wounding Tyrel Hill, 11, the victims' grandfather told KDKA that the family is in shock.

"I still can't believe – I can't believe that it happened," Lovett Williams said as he prepared to make funeral arrangements for one of his young grandsons and visit another at Children's Hospital.

Today police told reporters that Troy Hill was babysitting his young half-brothers before the stabbing in their home along Richey Drive.

Williams says he knew something was wrong when no one answered the phone when he called his grandchildren.

When he went inside the home, Williams says his grandson, Tyrel, told him that his older brother, Troy, was responsible.

Williams described the twins as great kids, "straight-A students," and "super football players."

Williams said Troy Hill is also a good student and star athlete. He told KDKA there was never any indication that anything like this would happen.

Williams wondered if something may have happened to Troy Hill while he was in college.

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<DIV id=storyBody>Three weeks ago, star defensive back Troy Lavalle Hill Jr. was on the football field with his Waynesburg College teammates preparing for the season.
Today he is in the Allegheny County Jail, accused of stabbing his 11-year-old twin half-brothers several times -- killing one of them -- and fleeing the family's Penn Hills home on foot.
Hill, 18, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the 1400 block of Loretta Drive in Penn Hills, less than a mile from his home on Richey Drive. He was arraigned on charges of criminal homicide and attempted homicide and jailed without bond to await a preliminary hearing.
Hill was baby-sitting his half-brothers, Tyrel and Tyron Hill, on Tuesday when the attack occurred, county police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said
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The twins' parents, Tiffany Hill and Troy Hill Sr., were at work. Troy Hill Jr.'s mother lives in Woodbridge, Va., Moffatt said.

Investigators do not know what prompted the attack, but Tiffany Hill said Troy Hill, who is her stepson, <STRONG>has been despondent and depressed for the past month</STRONG>, a criminal complaint states.
As Tyrel Hill, who survived the attack, was being taken in an ambulance to Children's Hospital, police asked him if he knew why he was stabbed.
"<STRONG>Troy said that Mommy put something in his food</STRONG>," Tyrel replied, according to the complaint.
The boys' grandfather found the twins in the attic, bleeding and wrapped in a blanket. Tyrel told his grandfather, "Pappy, I'm dead. I'm dying." Tyron was dead when police and paramedics arrived, Moffatt said.

Tyrel Hill, who told police that Troy Hill carried the twins to the attic, remained hospitalized in critical condition.
Those who know the Hill family were saddened by the violence.
<STRONG>"(Troy) is a great kid, comes from a great family, and he was well-liked by coaches and teammates</STRONG>," Waynesburg College football coach Rick Shepas said "<STRONG>Troy did a great job both academically and athletically</STRONG>. He started as a freshman."
A former Penn Hills High School football star, Hill reported to football camp Aug. 8 with the rest of his teammates, but dropped out of school a few days later, Shepas said.
"He just cited that his heart wasn't in football and that he was leaving school," the coach said. "I was surprised. However, at this level, you do get athletes who choose to leave football for different reasons."
<STRONG>Penn Hills School District Superintendent Tricia Gennari said Hill was a star in the classroom and on the field</STRONG>.
"<STRONG>He was a good student, polite, and a very good athlete," Gennari said. "He certainly was not a youngster that was ever called to my attention" for disciplinary reasons</STRONG>.
While friends and family struggled to understand why, they continued to mourn for Tyron and to pray for Tyrel.
"I've known the Hill family for eight years, and I have children who play on the same (football) teams as the twins," said Terry Wirginis, president of the Guyasuta Area Football Association in Fox Chapel, where Tyrel is a quarterback and Tyron was a running back. Troy Hill Sr. is a coach, and Troy Hill Jr. is a former player.
"I just can't say enough things about the Hill family, or about Tyrel and Tyron," Wirginis said. "They are outstanding athletes, but even more outstanding personally."
Wirginis learned of the attack shortly before football practice Tuesday night. As kids arrived at the field, he gathered each team and told the young players that the twins were in danger and needed their prayers.
Practices this week and games this weekend were canceled. "All the coaches are so distraught, nobody can even think about football," Wirginis said.
Players and coaches will meet privately tonight with grief counselors, he said.
"It will be an opportunity for our kids to begin to try to understand what happened and why," Wirginis said. "I just can't figure it out. But I guess we're not supposed to figure some things out."
Grief counselors were available at Penn Hills schools, Gennari said.
"Today was really a day of shock and emotion," she said. "I don't think we've moved beyond that yet. ... It was very rough this morning."
The twins were seventh-graders at Linton Middle School. Counselors were also sent to Shenandoah Elementary School, the boys' former school.
"These two youngsters are very popular, with students and staff," Gennari said. "You can never make any sense out of something like this."
Jim Campbell said he has lived on Richey Drive for 20 years and never saw a police officer being called to the peaceful cul-de-sac.
But when he drove home Tuesday night, "there were so many police cars I had to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up," he said.
Campbell said that when his 3-year-old grandson plays on a swing set in the front yard, the twins always stopped by to chat with the boy.
"They were his heroes," Campbell said. "Most kids their age wouldn't bother with a 3-year-old, but they were really nice little guys."
Every morning, Williams would leave his home and walk Tyrel and Tyron to the bus stop at the bottom of the hill. And every afternoon, he would wait for their bus to return and walk them home, Campbell said.
Yesterday afternoon, there were no family reunions. Instead, teddy bears, flowers and condolence cards were on the front porch of the house.
<STRONG>A few hours after the stabbings, Troy Hill knocked on the door of a home on Loretta Drive</STRONG> but left when the homeowner would not let him inside. When the woman later heard about the slaying and saw his picture on the news, she called police.
<STRONG>The woman said Hill returned about 12:45 p.m. yesterday and again knocked on the door, asking to use the telephone. She told him to leave and said she was going to call 911. </STRONG>
<STRONG>"He said, 'Call 911. I want to turn myself in.'</STRONG> He had scratches on his face and there was dried blood on his hands," said the woman, who called police. "<STRONG>He was very polite and kept calling me 'ma'am.' He was thirsty and kept asking me for water. He asked five times, 'When are the police coming?'" </STRONG>
Hill ran from the house moments before Penn Hills police K-9 Specialist Dave Klobucher drove up and saw him trying to go through a wooden gate at a neighboring home.
"I said, 'Stop or I'll send the dog.' He immediately turned around and put his hands up. I ordered him to the ground at gunpoint. He didn't say a word, but got down and was handcuffed by other officers," Klobucher said.

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<P class=story>PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) - Police on Wednesday arrested an 18-year-old accused of stabbing his 11-year-old twin half brothers, killing one of them and critically injuring the other.
<P class=story>The boys' grandfather, Lovett Williams, said he heard Tyrel Hill call out, ``Pappy, I'm dead. I'm dying,'' when he went to the family's suburban Pittsburgh home to check on them Tuesday. Williams went to the attic, where he found Tyrel, wrapped in a blood-soaked blanket, and the body of his twin, Tyron.
<P class=story>``<STRONG>There was blood everywhere,'' Williams said. ``Everywhere. Blood all over the house. Downstairs, up the steps</STRONG>.''
<P class=story>The surviving twin identified his older half-brother, Troy Lavalle Hill, as the attacker, police and Williams said.
<P class=story>``I said, 'Who did this?' He said, 'Troy,''' Williams said.
<P class=story>Police and dogs searching the woods near the family's Penn Hills home had been unable to find Troy Hill, but he was arrested Wednesday after he emerged from woods beyond the area authorities had searched. Allegheny County Police Assistant Superintendent James Morton said he did not know how far Hill had been from the home.
<P class=story>``I know it's not where we were looking for him last night,'' Morton said Wednesday afternoon. ``He just continued farther into the woods than we thought he did.''
<P class=story>Hill was arraigned in Allegheny County Night Court on charges of criminal homicide and attempted homicide and held without bond in the county jail.
<P class=story>Police said they believe <STRONG>Hill has emotional problems</STRONG>. Tiffany Hill, the twins' mother and the suspect's stepmother, told police that Troy Hill ``<STRONG>has been depressed and despondent'' for about a month, according to the criminal complaint</STRONG>.
<P class=story>Tyrel was in critical condition Wednesday at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, but police said he was expected to survive.
<P class=story>``I don't know how I'm going to make it,'' Lovett Williams told reporters. ``I moved here so I could be with my grandsons. I hope I can survive. As long as (Tyrel) makes it, I might make it, too.''
<P class=story>Troy Hill played football for Waynesburg College last season but did not return for the fall semester.
<P class=story>``All I know is he's been depressed lately,'' Williams' wife, Clem Williams, said Wednesday. ``I don't know what happened when the boys got home from school.''
<P class=story>The three brothers lived with their parents and a 3-year-old sister in Penn Hills, about five miles east of Pittsburgh. The little girl was not home when the twins were stabbed, Clem Williams said.
<P class=story>The grandparents live near the family and went to check on the twins after their mother tried calling the house from work and got no answer, police said.
<P class=story>``I just know they were a <STRONG><FONT size=4>lovely, close-knit family</FONT></STRONG>,'' said neighbor Marlene Hogan. ``<STRONG><FONT size=5>All</FONT></STRONG> the boys were great. The twins were the sweetest kids.''
<P class=story>Penn Hills School District officials said grief counselors were available Wednesday at Linton Middle School to help the boys' classmates cope.
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Tiffany Hill told investigators that her stepson, Troy, has been despondent and depressed for the last month
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<FONT color=#444444>(KDKA)</FONT> <FONT color=#444444>PENN HILLS</FONT> The stepmother of a Penn Hills teenager who's accused of killing his 11-year-old half-brother and injuring the younger boy's twin says the 18-year-old had been despondent and depressed in the weeks leading up to the double stabbing.

<STRONG>Troy Hill, 18, is </STRONG>being held in the Allegheny County Jail on homicide and attempted homicide charges for the attack on Tyron and Tyrel Hill.

Investigators say <STRONG>Troy Hill stabbed the twins</STRONG> at their home on Richey Drive on Tuesday. Tyron Hill died at the scene; and police say his surviving twin, Tyrel, identified Troy as the attacker.

According to the criminal complaint, as Tyrel was being taken to the hospital on Tuesday, a Penn Hills officer asked Tyrel if he knew who hurt him. According to the report, <STRONG>Tyrel told the officer that his older brother said Mommy put something in his [Troy's] food</STRONG>.

Tiffany Hill, <STRONG>Troy's stepmother, told investigators that Troy has been despondent and depressed for the last month</STRONG>.

Likewise, the <STRONG>victims' grandfather told reporters that the teenager had "a problem</STRONG>."

Terry Wirginis of the Guyasuta Football Association coached the younger boys in youth football. He also talked about <STRONG>Troy Hill's battle with depression</STRONG>.

“The family's very private as well, but <STRONG>we were aware that he was having some depression issues</STRONG> and you just never know what's going to happen,” says Terry Wirginis, of the Guyasuta Football Association.

While arresting Hilll, investigators have bot commented on a potential motive for the crime.

“I have no knowledge of his mental issues,” Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt told reporters.

Moffatt says those questions can wait. “The family is very distraught at this time, and it's better for us not only to let them grieve but consol their other son who is still alive at this time rather than bombard them."
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The victims' grandfather says Tyrel Hill, 11, identifed his attacker as his half-brother, Troy, 18
Lovett Williams described his twin grandsons as "straight-A students," and "super football players"
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<FONT color=#444444>(KDKA)</FONT> <FONT color=#444444>PENN HILLS</FONT> A Penn Hills family is searching for answers – trying to understand why one 18-year-old son would kill his 11-year-old half-brother and critically injure the younger boy's twin.

With Troy Hill, 18, now in custody accused of fatally stabbing Tyron Hill, 11, and wounding Tyrel Hill, 11, the victims' grandfather told KDKA that the family is in shock.

"I still can't believe – I can't believe that it happened," Lovett Williams said as he prepared to make funeral arrangements for one of his young grandsons and visit another at Children's Hospital.

Today police told reporters that Troy Hill was babysitting his young half-brothers before the stabbing in their home along Richey Drive.

Williams says he knew something was wrong when no one answered the phone when he called his grandchildren.

When he went inside the home, Williams says his grandson, Tyrel, told him that his older brother, Troy, was responsible.

Williams described the twins as great kids, "straight-A students," and "super football players."

Williams said Troy Hill is also a good student and star athlete. He told KDKA there was never any indication that anything like this would happen.

Williams wondered if something may have happened to Troy Hill while he was in college.

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<DIV id=storyBody>Three weeks ago, star defensive back Troy Lavalle Hill Jr. was on the football field with his Waynesburg College teammates preparing for the season.
Today he is in the Allegheny County Jail, accused of stabbing his 11-year-old twin half-brothers several times -- killing one of them -- and fleeing the family's Penn Hills home on foot.
Hill, 18, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the 1400 block of Loretta Drive in Penn Hills, less than a mile from his home on Richey Drive. He was arraigned on charges of criminal homicide and attempted homicide and jailed without bond to await a preliminary hearing.
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The twins' parents, Tiffany Hill and Troy Hill Sr., were at work. Troy Hill Jr.'s mother lives in Woodbridge, Va., Moffatt said.

Investigators do not know what prompted the attack, but Tiffany Hill said Troy Hill, who is her stepson, <STRONG>has been despondent and depressed for the past month</STRONG>, a criminal complaint states.
As Tyrel Hill, who survived the attack, was being taken in an ambulance to Children's Hospital, police asked him if he knew why he was stabbed.
"<STRONG>Troy said that Mommy put something in his food</STRONG>," Tyrel replied, according to the complaint.
The boys' grandfather found the twins in the attic, bleeding and wrapped in a blanket. Tyrel told his grandfather, "Pappy, I'm dead. I'm dying." Tyron was dead when police and paramedics arrived, Moffatt said.

Tyrel Hill, who told police that Troy Hill carried the twins to the attic, remained hospitalized in critical condition.
Those who know the Hill family were saddened by the violence.
<STRONG>"(Troy) is a great kid, comes from a great family, and he was well-liked by coaches and teammates</STRONG>," Waynesburg College football coach Rick Shepas said "<STRONG>Troy did a great job both academically and athletically</STRONG>. He started as a freshman."
A former Penn Hills High School football star, Hill reported to football camp Aug. 8 with the rest of his teammates, but dropped out of school a few days later, Shepas said.
"He just cited that his heart wasn't in football and that he was leaving school," the coach said. "I was surprised. However, at this level, you do get athletes who choose to leave football for different reasons."
<STRONG>Penn Hills School District Superintendent Tricia Gennari said Hill was a star in the classroom and on the field</STRONG>.
"<STRONG>He was a good student, polite, and a very good athlete," Gennari said. "He certainly was not a youngster that was ever called to my attention" for disciplinary reasons</STRONG>.
While friends and family struggled to understand why, they continued to mourn for Tyron and to pray for Tyrel.
"I've known the Hill family for eight years, and I have children who play on the same (football) teams as the twins," said Terry Wirginis, president of the Guyasuta Area Football Association in Fox Chapel, where Tyrel is a quarterback and Tyron was a running back. Troy Hill Sr. is a coach, and Troy Hill Jr. is a former player.
"I just can't say enough things about the Hill family, or about Tyrel and Tyron," Wirginis said. "They are outstanding athletes, but even more outstanding personally."
Wirginis learned of the attack shortly before football practice Tuesday night. As kids arrived at the field, he gathered each team and told the young players that the twins were in danger and needed their prayers.
Practices this week and games this weekend were canceled. "All the coaches are so distraught, nobody can even think about football," Wirginis said.
Players and coaches will meet privately tonight with grief counselors, he said.
"It will be an opportunity for our kids to begin to try to understand what happened and why," Wirginis said. "I just can't figure it out. But I guess we're not supposed to figure some things out."
Grief counselors were available at Penn Hills schools, Gennari said.
"Today was really a day of shock and emotion," she said. "I don't think we've moved beyond that yet. ... It was very rough this morning."
The twins were seventh-graders at Linton Middle School. Counselors were also sent to Shenandoah Elementary School, the boys' former school.
"These two youngsters are very popular, with students and staff," Gennari said. "You can never make any sense out of something like this."
Jim Campbell said he has lived on Richey Drive for 20 years and never saw a police officer being called to the peaceful cul-de-sac.
But when he drove home Tuesday night, "there were so many police cars I had to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up," he said.
Campbell said that when his 3-year-old grandson plays on a swing set in the front yard, the twins always stopped by to chat with the boy.
"They were his heroes," Campbell said. "Most kids their age wouldn't bother with a 3-year-old, but they were really nice little guys."
Every morning, Williams would leave his home and walk Tyrel and Tyron to the bus stop at the bottom of the hill. And every afternoon, he would wait for their bus to return and walk them home, Campbell said.
Yesterday afternoon, there were no family reunions. Instead, teddy bears, flowers and condolence cards were on the front porch of the house.
<STRONG>A few hours after the stabbings, Troy Hill knocked on the door of a home on Loretta Drive</STRONG> but left when the homeowner would not let him inside. When the woman later heard about the slaying and saw his picture on the news, she called police.
<STRONG>The woman said Hill returned about 12:45 p.m. yesterday and again knocked on the door, asking to use the telephone. She told him to leave and said she was going to call 911. </STRONG>
<STRONG>"He said, 'Call 911. I want to turn myself in.'</STRONG> He had scratches on his face and there was dried blood on his hands," said the woman, who called police. "<STRONG>He was very polite and kept calling me 'ma'am.' He was thirsty and kept asking me for water. He asked five times, 'When are the police coming?'" </STRONG>
Hill ran from the house moments before Penn Hills police K-9 Specialist Dave Klobucher drove up and saw him trying to go through a wooden gate at a neighboring home.
"I said, 'Stop or I'll send the dog.' He immediately turned around and put his hands up. I ordered him to the ground at gunpoint. He didn't say a word, but got down and was handcuffed by other officers," Klobucher said.

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<P class=story>PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) - Police on Wednesday arrested an 18-year-old accused of stabbing his 11-year-old twin half brothers, killing one of them and critically injuring the other.
<P class=story>The boys' grandfather, Lovett Williams, said he heard Tyrel Hill call out, ``Pappy, I'm dead. I'm dying,'' when he went to the family's suburban Pittsburgh home to check on them Tuesday. Williams went to the attic, where he found Tyrel, wrapped in a blood-soaked blanket, and the body of his twin, Tyron.
<P class=story>``<STRONG>There was blood everywhere,'' Williams said. ``Everywhere. Blood all over the house. Downstairs, up the steps</STRONG>.''
<P class=story>The surviving twin identified his older half-brother, Troy Lavalle Hill, as the attacker, police and Williams said.
<P class=story>``I said, 'Who did this?' He said, 'Troy,''' Williams said.
<P class=story>Police and dogs searching the woods near the family's Penn Hills home had been unable to find Troy Hill, but he was arrested Wednesday after he emerged from woods beyond the area authorities had searched. Allegheny County Police Assistant Superintendent James Morton said he did not know how far Hill had been from the home.
<P class=story>``I know it's not where we were looking for him last night,'' Morton said Wednesday afternoon. ``He just continued farther into the woods than we thought he did.''
<P class=story>Hill was arraigned in Allegheny County Night Court on charges of criminal homicide and attempted homicide and held without bond in the county jail.
<P class=story>Police said they believe <STRONG>Hill has emotional problems</STRONG>. Tiffany Hill, the twins' mother and the suspect's stepmother, told police that Troy Hill ``<STRONG>has been depressed and despondent'' for about a month, according to the criminal complaint</STRONG>.
<P class=story>Tyrel was in critical condition Wednesday at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, but police said he was expected to survive.
<P class=story>``I don't know how I'm going to make it,'' Lovett Williams told reporters. ``I moved here so I could be with my grandsons. I hope I can survive. As long as (Tyrel) makes it, I might make it, too.''
<P class=story>Troy Hill played football for Waynesburg College last season but did not return for the fall semester.
<P class=story>``All I know is he's been depressed lately,'' Williams' wife, Clem Williams, said Wednesday. ``I don't know what happened when the boys got home from school.''
<P class=story>The three brothers lived with their parents and a 3-year-old sister in Penn Hills, about five miles east of Pittsburgh. The little girl was not home when the twins were stabbed, Clem Williams said.
<P class=story>The grandparents live near the family and went to check on the twins after their mother tried calling the house from work and got no answer, police said.
<P class=story>``I just know they were a <STRONG><FONT size=4>lovely, close-knit family</FONT></STRONG>,'' said neighbor Marlene Hogan. ``<STRONG><FONT size=5>All</FONT></STRONG> the boys were great. The twins were the sweetest kids.''
<P class=story>Penn Hills School District officials said grief counselors were available Wednesday at Linton Middle School to help the boys' classmates cope.
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<NOSCRIPT></NOSCRIPT></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Josephine Werkheiser, 52, was charged in connection with the July murder of Charles Werkheiser, her husband of 13 years.

Following her arraignment she was taken into custody, at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on Tuesday night, without bail and faces one count of criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of recklessly endangering another person.

According to arrest papers, Josephine Werkheiser admitted to shooting her husband in the head with his .22-caliber revolver while he slept in the bedroom of the couple’s Creekside Lane home. She then shot herself in the head, in a failed suicide attempt, state police said. The murder took place between July 23 and July 29, police said, though when exactly Charles Werkheiser died is unclear at this point.

State police found his body July 29, responding to the couple’s home because of a complaint from a neighbor. Josephine Werkheiser was incoherent, and not wearing clothes at the time, police said. She responded to questions only with “I don’t know” or “give me water,” and was badly bruised with dried blood in her hair. A “strong foul odor” was coming from the house and flies and other insects were crawling inside and near Charles Werkheiser’s decomposing body, police said.

Police took Josephine Werkheiser to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where she was <STRONG>listed in critical condition for several weeks</STRONG>.

At the hospital, on Aug. 13, <STRONG>she admitted to the murder, saying she was depressed</STRONG>, police said. Police found a check, dated July 17, in the couple’s home Josephine Werkheiser had written to her daughter for $864 as well as a note to her daughter. Josephine Werkheiser suspected her husband of “being flirtatious with other women during their marriage,” arrest papers said.</DIV>
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Family: Penn Hills Teen Despondent Before Stabbing
Tiffany Hill told investigators that her stepson, Troy, has been despondent and depressed for the last month
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<FONT color=#444444>(KDKA)</FONT> <FONT color=#444444>PENN HILLS</FONT> The stepmother of a Penn Hills teenager who's accused of killing his 11-year-old half-brother and injuring the younger boy's twin says the 18-year-old had been despondent and depressed in the weeks leading up to the double stabbing.

<STRONG>Troy Hill, 18, is </STRONG>being held in the Allegheny County Jail on homicide and attempted homicide charges for the attack on Tyron and Tyrel Hill.

Investigators say <STRONG>Troy Hill stabbed the twins</STRONG> at their home on Richey Drive on Tuesday. Tyron Hill died at the scene; and police say his surviving twin, Tyrel, identified Troy as the attacker.

According to the criminal complaint, as Tyrel was being taken to the hospital on Tuesday, a Penn Hills officer asked Tyrel if he knew who hurt him. According to the report, <STRONG>Tyrel told the officer that his older brother said Mommy put something in his [Troy's] food</STRONG>.

Tiffany Hill, <STRONG>Troy's stepmother, told investigators that Troy has been despondent and depressed for the last month</STRONG>.

Likewise, the <STRONG>victims' grandfather told reporters that the teenager had "a problem</STRONG>."

Terry Wirginis of the Guyasuta Football Association coached the younger boys in youth football. He also talked about <STRONG>Troy Hill's battle with depression</STRONG>.

“The family's very private as well, but <STRONG>we were aware that he was having some depression issues</STRONG> and you just never know what's going to happen,” says Terry Wirginis, of the Guyasuta Football Association.

While arresting Hilll, investigators have bot commented on a potential motive for the crime.

“I have no knowledge of his mental issues,” Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt told reporters.

Moffatt says those questions can wait. “The family is very distraught at this time, and it's better for us not only to let them grieve but consol their other son who is still alive at this time rather than bombard them."
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The victims' grandfather says Tyrel Hill, 11, identifed his attacker as his half-brother, Troy, 18
Lovett Williams described his twin grandsons as "straight-A students," and "super football players"
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<FONT color=#444444>(KDKA)</FONT> <FONT color=#444444>PENN HILLS</FONT> A Penn Hills family is searching for answers – trying to understand why one 18-year-old son would kill his 11-year-old half-brother and critically injure the younger boy's twin.

With Troy Hill, 18, now in custody accused of fatally stabbing Tyron Hill, 11, and wounding Tyrel Hill, 11, the victims' grandfather told KDKA that the family is in shock.

"I still can't believe – I can't believe that it happened," Lovett Williams said as he prepared to make funeral arrangements for one of his young grandsons and visit another at Children's Hospital.

Today police told reporters that Troy Hill was babysitting his young half-brothers before the stabbing in their home along Richey Drive.

Williams says he knew something was wrong when no one answered the phone when he called his grandchildren.

When he went inside the home, Williams says his grandson, Tyrel, told him that his older brother, Troy, was responsible.

Williams described the twins as great kids, "straight-A students," and "super football players."

Williams said Troy Hill is also a good student and star athlete. He told KDKA there was never any indication that anything like this would happen.

Williams wondered if something may have happened to Troy Hill while he was in college.

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<DIV id=storyBody>Three weeks ago, star defensive back Troy Lavalle Hill Jr. was on the football field with his Waynesburg College teammates preparing for the season.
Today he is in the Allegheny County Jail, accused of stabbing his 11-year-old twin half-brothers several times -- killing one of them -- and fleeing the family's Penn Hills home on foot.
Hill, 18, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the 1400 block of Loretta Drive in Penn Hills, less than a mile from his home on Richey Drive. He was arraigned on charges of criminal homicide and attempted homicide and jailed without bond to await a preliminary hearing.
Hill was baby-sitting his half-brothers, Tyrel and Tyron Hill, on Tuesday when the attack occurred, county police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said
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The twins' parents, Tiffany Hill and Troy Hill Sr., were at work. Troy Hill Jr.'s mother lives in Woodbridge, Va., Moffatt said.

Investigators do not know what prompted the attack, but Tiffany Hill said Troy Hill, who is her stepson, <STRONG>has been despondent and depressed for the past month</STRONG>, a criminal complaint states.
As Tyrel Hill, who survived the attack, was being taken in an ambulance to Children's Hospital, police asked him if he knew why he was stabbed.
"<STRONG>Troy said that Mommy put something in his food</STRONG>," Tyrel replied, according to the complaint.
The boys' grandfather found the twins in the attic, bleeding and wrapped in a blanket. Tyrel told his grandfather, "Pappy, I'm dead. I'm dying." Tyron was dead when police and paramedics arrived, Moffatt said.

Tyrel Hill, who told police that Troy Hill carried the twins to the attic, remained hospitalized in critical condition.
Those who know the Hill family were saddened by the violence.
<STRONG>"(Troy) is a great kid, comes from a great family, and he was well-liked by coaches and teammates</STRONG>," Waynesburg College football coach Rick Shepas said "<STRONG>Troy did a great job both academically and athletically</STRONG>. He started as a freshman."
A former Penn Hills High School football star, Hill reported to football camp Aug. 8 with the rest of his teammates, but dropped out of school a few days later, Shepas said.
"He just cited that his heart wasn't in football and that he was leaving school," the coach said. "I was surprised. However, at this level, you do get athletes who choose to leave football for different reasons."
<STRONG>Penn Hills School District Superintendent Tricia Gennari said Hill was a star in the classroom and on the field</STRONG>.
"<STRONG>He was a good student, polite, and a very good athlete," Gennari said. "He certainly was not a youngster that was ever called to my attention" for disciplinary reasons</STRONG>.
While friends and family struggled to understand why, they continued to mourn for Tyron and to pray for Tyrel.
"I've known the Hill family for eight years, and I have children who play on the same (football) teams as the twins," said Terry Wirginis, president of the Guyasuta Area Football Association in Fox Chapel, where Tyrel is a quarterback and Tyron was a running back. Troy Hill Sr. is a coach, and Troy Hill Jr. is a former player.
"I just can't say enough things about the Hill family, or about Tyrel and Tyron," Wirginis said. "They are outstanding athletes, but even more outstanding personally."
Wirginis learned of the attack shortly before football practice Tuesday night. As kids arrived at the field, he gathered each team and told the young players that the twins were in danger and needed their prayers.
Practices this week and games this weekend were canceled. "All the coaches are so distraught, nobody can even think about football," Wirginis said.
Players and coaches will meet privately tonight with grief counselors, he said.
"It will be an opportunity for our kids to begin to try to understand what happened and why," Wirginis said. "I just can't figure it out. But I guess we're not supposed to figure some things out."
Grief counselors were available at Penn Hills schools, Gennari said.
"Today was really a day of shock and emotion," she said. "I don't think we've moved beyond that yet. ... It was very rough this morning."
The twins were seventh-graders at Linton Middle School. Counselors were also sent to Shenandoah Elementary School, the boys' former school.
"These two youngsters are very popular, with students and staff," Gennari said. "You can never make any sense out of something like this."
Jim Campbell said he has lived on Richey Drive for 20 years and never saw a police officer being called to the peaceful cul-de-sac.
But when he drove home Tuesday night, "there were so many police cars I had to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up," he said.
Campbell said that when his 3-year-old grandson plays on a swing set in the front yard, the twins always stopped by to chat with the boy.
"They were his heroes," Campbell said. "Most kids their age wouldn't bother with a 3-year-old, but they were really nice little guys."
Every morning, Williams would leave his home and walk Tyrel and Tyron to the bus stop at the bottom of the hill. And every afternoon, he would wait for their bus to return and walk them home, Campbell said.
Yesterday afternoon, there were no family reunions. Instead, teddy bears, flowers and condolence cards were on the front porch of the house.
<STRONG>A few hours after the stabbings, Troy Hill knocked on the door of a home on Loretta Drive</STRONG> but left when the homeowner would not let him inside. When the woman later heard about the slaying and saw his picture on the news, she called police.
<STRONG>The woman said Hill returned about 12:45 p.m. yesterday and again knocked on the door, asking to use the telephone. She told him to leave and said she was going to call 911. </STRONG>
<STRONG>"He said, 'Call 911. I want to turn myself in.'</STRONG> He had scratches on his face and there was dried blood on his hands," said the woman, who called police. "<STRONG>He was very polite and kept calling me 'ma'am.' He was thirsty and kept asking me for water. He asked five times, 'When are the police coming?'" </STRONG>
Hill ran from the house moments before Penn Hills police K-9 Specialist Dave Klobucher drove up and saw him trying to go through a wooden gate at a neighboring home.
"I said, 'Stop or I'll send the dog.' He immediately turned around and put his hands up. I ordered him to the ground at gunpoint. He didn't say a word, but got down and was handcuffed by other officers," Klobucher said.

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<P class=story>By DAN NEPHIN
<P class=story>Associated Press Writer
<P class=story>PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) - Police on Wednesday arrested an 18-year-old accused of stabbing his 11-year-old twin half brothers, killing one of them and critically injuring the other.
<P class=story>The boys' grandfather, Lovett Williams, said he heard Tyrel Hill call out, ``Pappy, I'm dead. I'm dying,'' when he went to the family's suburban Pittsburgh home to check on them Tuesday. Williams went to the attic, where he found Tyrel, wrapped in a blood-soaked blanket, and the body of his twin, Tyron.
<P class=story>``<STRONG>There was blood everywhere,'' Williams said. ``Everywhere. Blood all over the house. Downstairs, up the steps</STRONG>.''
<P class=story>The surviving twin identified his older half-brother, Troy Lavalle Hill, as the attacker, police and Williams said.
<P class=story>``I said, 'Who did this?' He said, 'Troy,''' Williams said.
<P class=story>Police and dogs searching the woods near the family's Penn Hills home had been unable to find Troy Hill, but he was arrested Wednesday after he emerged from woods beyond the area authorities had searched. Allegheny County Police Assistant Superintendent James Morton said he did not know how far Hill had been from the home.
<P class=story>``I know it's not where we were looking for him last night,'' Morton said Wednesday afternoon. ``He just continued farther into the woods than we thought he did.''
<P class=story>Hill was arraigned in Allegheny County Night Court on charges of criminal homicide and attempted homicide and held without bond in the county jail.
<P class=story>Police said they believe <STRONG>Hill has emotional problems</STRONG>. Tiffany Hill, the twins' mother and the suspect's stepmother, told police that Troy Hill ``<STRONG>has been depressed and despondent'' for about a month, according to the criminal complaint</STRONG>.
<P class=story>Tyrel was in critical condition Wednesday at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, but police said he was expected to survive.
<P class=story>``I don't know how I'm going to make it,'' Lovett Williams told reporters. ``I moved here so I could be with my grandsons. I hope I can survive. As long as (Tyrel) makes it, I might make it, too.''
<P class=story>Troy Hill played football for Waynesburg College last season but did not return for the fall semester.
<P class=story>``All I know is he's been depressed lately,'' Williams' wife, Clem Williams, said Wednesday. ``I don't know what happened when the boys got home from school.''
<P class=story>The three brothers lived with their parents and a 3-year-old sister in Penn Hills, about five miles east of Pittsburgh. The little girl was not home when the twins were stabbed, Clem Williams said.
<P class=story>The grandparents live near the family and went to check on the twins after their mother tried calling the house from work and got no answer, police said.
<P class=story>``I just know they were a <STRONG><FONT size=4>lovely, close-knit family</FONT></STRONG>,'' said neighbor Marlene Hogan. ``<STRONG><FONT size=5>All</FONT></STRONG> the boys were great. The twins were the sweetest kids.''
<P class=story>Penn Hills School District officials said grief counselors were available Wednesday at Linton Middle School to help the boys' classmates cope.
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