TOP: Shaqaya Wade of the North Side cries after she released a balloon in memory of her cousins Mario Wade who was killed in 2005 and Tony Johnson who was killed in 1999, during the 2nd annual National Day of Remembrance held at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon, September 25, 2007. BOTTOM: Holly Naser of Butler (center) is comforted by friends of her son, Robby Naser, 18, who was murdered in Butler on February 4, 2006 (from left to right) Tyler Brooks, Dana Vanatta Matt McCoppin and Whitney Crocker all joined Holly Naser as they released balloons in memory of Robby.
Muhliq Mosley, 5, right, holds onto Ashley Johnson's arms with Jamair Lane, 6, (center) who cries during a memorial service at the site where their cousin, Marva Howard, 47, of Greensburg's body was found cut in a half and stuffed in plastic bags in the 6700 block of Simonton Street, near Fifth Avenue in Homewood. Over 100 family members and friends turned out for the vigil on Monday evening.
With school children lining the way, soldiers return home after nearly one year in Iraq to the Hunt Armory in Shadyside on Friday afternoon, September 7, 2007. The homecoming was bittersweet after Sgt. Daniel Brozovich of Greenville, a member of their unit, was killed by a roadside bomb in October, an attack that also injured two other members of the unit.
John Wittmann, an employee with Wade Heating and Cooling, works on the scaffolding in the fellowship hall of the Smithfield United Church of Christ, Downtown on Friday afternoon, September 7, 2007. The church which was badly damaged in a New Year's Day fire has been fully restored and will re-open with a special celebration this Sunday.
Pittsburgh Symphony music director designate Manfred Honeck is photographed through a small cutout in a door backstage as he conducts the PSO on Thursday evening, September 6, 2007 at Heinz Hall. The annual Pittsburgh Symphony preview concert is an invitation-only run-through of snippets from upcoming programs. But the Heinz Hall audience got a prelude of the future as Honeck stepped in to conduct Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Voices of Spring Waltz."