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Pittsburgh Police Investigating Vandalism At Freedom Corner

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Pittsburgh Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man in connection to vandalism at Freedom Corner on Friday night.

Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Police

According to the surveillance video, the man vandalized items, including a tent, which had been organized in the corner of the square. He briefly walked away but then returned to throw more items on the sidewalk and in the street.

Public works crews and Dannielle Brown helped clean the debris on Saturday morning.

For Dannielle, it was her home for the better part of the summer as she searches for answers into the 2018 death of her son, Marquis Jaylen Brown, at Duquesne University, staging a hunger strike.

"I'm so grateful that this space invited me into it and kind of put a cocoon around me," she said.

She is continuing her hunger strike, but as the weather gets colder, she has since moved out. She left some of the items from her camp.

"What was left here that was actually trashed or disrespected, in a way was just the belongings that those who have yet to come and pick it up," Brown said. "That's what it was and it was going to go to Goodwill to help others. It's disappointing that someone would think that less of themselves that they would damage something in the very community that is for them."

Brown says she will continue to use Freedom Corner as a place to bring people together to get answers about her son's death.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pittsburgh Police Zone 2 at 412-255-2827.

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