Balloon launch in Wilkinsburg honoring beloved coach and dancer who was killed on New Years Day

A local community gathered in mourning on Wednesday night to honor a beloved trainer and dancer who police say was shot and killed on New Year’s morning. Amari Wade was known to her family as ‘Man -man” and the crew she danced and coached with as “Coach Chawn”. She was 19 when she was shot and killed on Wood Street in Wilkinsburg. At the crime scene near Susquehanna Street on Wednesday evening, the family and many people who loved Wade lit candles and sent symbols of their love for her to the sky above Wilkinsburg. The Lady Diamonds dance team she coached and danced with, danced in unison down the street in honor of their beloved coach and friend. was beautiful. She had a beautiful soul,” Thomas Wade said. Wade’s family and transgender advocacy leaders are pushing for answers to his death. “I once had a house full of kids, and they were all her friends. If she had her, they had her. It was a fact. She was loved,” the mom said. Amari, Burgundi McWright. shared its impact on their lives. “It’s very difficult to deal with one of your favors his coaches have just died,” said Jaidyn Dixon. Through grief, the coach’s proud team swears to carry on, in his memory. everyone loves her. She was so kind and gentle with everyone. She always had words of encouragement for everyone, and for that to happen, it’s a shame. She shouldn’t have lost her life like this,” said Amari’s cousin, Amber Johnson. A GoFundMe has also been set up to help with funeral costs. Police have not released any information on a possible suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the county hotline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.

A local community gathered in mourning on Wednesday evening to honor a beloved coach and dancer who police say was shot and killed on New Year’s Day morning.

Amari Wade was known to her family as “Man-man” and to the team she danced and coached with as “Coach Chawn”. She was 19 when she was shot and killed on Wood Street in Wilkinsburg.

At the crime scene near Susquehanna Street on Wednesday evening, the family and many people who loved Wade lit candles and sent symbols of their love for her to the sky above Wilkinsburg.

The Lady Diamonds dance team she coached and danced with danced in unison down the street in honor of their beloved coach and friend.

“Words can’t describe the outcome, how everyone came out. We appreciate everyone. She was beautiful. She had a beautiful soul,” Thomas Wade said.

Wade’s family and transgender advocacy leaders are pushing for answers to his death.

“She touched a lot of souls, so it was given. If you needed anything, she gave. I once had a house full of kids, and they were all her friends. If she l “had, they had her. It was a given. She was loved,” Amari’s mother Burgundi McWright said.

The young girls Amari has coached have shared her impact on their lives.

“It’s very difficult to deal with the passing of one of your favorite coaches,” said Jaidyn Dixon.

Through grief, Coach’s proud team pledges to walk, in his memory.

“Everyone loves her. She was so kind and sweet to everyone. She always had words of encouragement for everyone, and for that to happen, it’s a shame. She shouldn’t have losing your life like this,” Amari’s cousin Amber Johnson said.

A GoFundMe was also set up to help with funeral costs.

Police have released no information about a possible suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the county hotline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.