Wendy Bell and co-anchor Andrew Stockey on Aug. 1, 2014
Andrew Stockey via Twitter

A Pittsburgh-area news anchor was fired Wednesday after engaging in racial profiling of the worst kind on her official Facebook page, saying that the killers in a brutal area murder were “young black men,” reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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After a horrific mass shooting in early March in Wilkinsburg, Pa., near Pittsburgh, WTAE-TV news anchor Wendy Bell wrote on her Facebook page—before anyone was in custody: “You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday … they are young black men, likely in their teens or early 20s.”

And then, “They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers, and their mothers work multiple jobs.”

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Wow.

Bell, who had been with the station 18 years and won numerous regional Emmy Awards for her work, later apologized, saying, “I now understand that some of the words I chose were insensitive and could be viewed as racist. I regret offending anyone. I’m truly sorry.”

She has been off the air since last week.

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A statement made today from Hearst Television, the station’s parent company, read, “WTAE has ended its relationship with anchor Wendy Bell. Wendy’s recent comments on a WTAE Facebook page were inconsistent with the company’s ethics and journalistic standards.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Bell’s Facebook page had been taken down. Her profile on the WTAE-TV website also has been removed.

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Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.