A woman whose son was shot to death is sponsoring a two-day blood drive in his memory.
Deborah Murdoch of Enon Valley is planning the event for 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, which would have been the 30th birthday of her son, Richard Hogue, who died Nov. 16, 2013.
Blood donations will be accepted that day at the Salvation Army Community Center dining room at 516 Oliver Ave., Ellwood City. Central Blood Bank will be collecting the blood.
The second blood drive will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the ballroom of the Bessemer Croatian Club at 601 E. Poland Ave., Bessemer.
Anyone wanting to give blood at either event should make an appointment at centralbloodbank.org and enter group code Z0020906, or call Corrina Proya of Central Blood Bank at (330) 398-5547.
Hogue was shot to death around 1:45 a.m. Nov. 16, 2013, at the Walnut Ridge apartments on Loop Street in Ellwood City while he was out with friends.
Leon Platt, 26, of Rochester, Beaver County, is accused of opening fire on Hogue as he stood up from a couch following an argument.
Platt is charged with first-degree murder and criminal homicide, among other charges, and is in the Lawrence County jail awaiting trial.
On behalf of Hogue’s family, his mother said, “We know that we can never bring Richard back, but we have chosen to take our pain and turn it into saving lives. We are asking everyone to celebrate Richard’s 30th birthday and his life by donating blood in his memory.”
Hogue is asking the community, law enforcement, medical responders and firefighters to participate in the blood donation drive.