Pittsburgh Mass Shooting: Teen invited to party says it was supposed to be a big Spring Break party
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A teenage guest at the Airbnb party that turned to death in Pittsburgh over the weekend said it was supposed to be a big spring break party.
Rayonhna Hextall said news of the party broke earlier this month and she was invited but did not attend.
Mathew Steffy-Ross and Jaiden Brown were gunned down in the East Allegheny neighborhood of Pittsburgh during the house party on Sunday. Eight others were injured.
Hextall knew Steffy-Ross and is still in shock.
“He was a good guy,” she said. “He just started making music, rapping. It’s just sad. He was always smiling, laughing.”
Police said more than 200 people, many of whom were minors, were crammed into the Airbnb when 50 shots were fired inside and then more outside. So far, there are no suspects or arrests.
Hextall said the party went viral on social media earlier this month. It costs $5 to enter.
“It was supposed to be a spring break party,” she said. “No one knew someone would start shooting.”
Hextall is relieved that she hasn’t left.
“It was a good thing I didn’t go,” she said. “It was a sign that I didn’t go. Thank goodness.”
Steffy-Ross attended Propel Braddock Hills before transferring to Grace Non Traditional Academy this year. Brown was about to graduate from Woodland Hills High School.
But now all Hextall can do is pray for the torn families.
“Everyone is saying long life to Matt,” Hextall said. “He has a little brother. It makes things sadder.”
Sources tell KDKA’s Jennifer Borrasso that students from Woodland Hills, Penn Hills, Gateway and Plum were among those who attended the party. It is still unclear who organized and booked the Airbnb.
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