MONACA (KDKA/AP) — Four teens are being charged in connection with a local high school football player’s death.
Investigators say 18-year-old Terell D. Shelton, of Bellevue, and 18-year-old Noah Paul Lalama, of Monaca, and two juveniles, did nothing to help 17-year-old Dominick Treemarchi, of Monaca, while he was having respiratory problems.
Police say Treemarchi was a member of the championship high school football team, and lay dying in the back seat of a car.
“They definitely were not helping him, so, and that’s our problem and it’s certainly a tragedy,” said Monaca Police Sgt. Patrick Young.
A neighbor reported seeing four males move a body from one car to another on Washington Avenue in Monaca. When police arrived, they found four males sitting in a parked car. Police say one of the males had a gun and tried to run, they also had marijuana.
Police say they then got another 911 call telling them to check the other parked vehicle.
They found Treemarchi in the other car.
“Somebody could have helped this individual at some time during the evening,” said Young. “The timeline, even from the time the officers, the minutes that it took them to process, nobody ever said, hey, my friend’s sick or hurting.”
The teens are now facing involuntary manslaughter and other charges in connection with Treemarchi’s death.
Both Shelton and Lalama were arrested Sunday after police found Treemarchi in the back of a parked car.
Someone called police, saying they saw Shelton and Lalama move Treemarchi from one car to another.
Lalama and Shelton were arraigned and are now in jail.
Treemarchi was pronounced dead at UPMC Presbyterian on Sunday night. He was a reserve football player for Central Valley High School. The team is scheduled to play in the state championship game on Friday.
His cause of death has not been determined. Authorities are awaiting toxicology reports.