Merkel Pitts dies; investigation upgraded to murder

Posted: Friday, April 8, 2016. 9:14 p.m. CST

5. MURDERBy Aaron Humes: In crime news, Merkel Pitts, an 18 year old youth from Ladyville died this afternoon while undergoing treatment at the KHMH following an attempt on his life last night. Investigators informed that he was shot three times to the body.

Reliable sources say that Pitts’ shooting may be linked to the recent murder of Rene Chavarria, whom was an acquaintance of Pitts and his family.

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