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The teens had been wrestling when an argument began.



Published: Thu, February 28, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The teens had been wrestling when an argument began.

By JoANNE VIVIANO

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

YOUNGSTOWN -- City police charged two teen-age boys in the death of an 18-year-old Boardman man, who was shot in the head and his body dumped in the Mahoning River.

Police said the man was shot at about 2:30 a.m. today at an apartment at 155 W. Boston Ave. on the city's South Side.

A 16-year-old Boardman teen is charged with murder, said Detective Sgt. Daryl Martin. A 17-year-old faces a charge of abuse of a corpse. He is from Boardman but recently moved to the 155 W. Boston Ave. address.

Both teens are being held the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center, Martin said.

It is the third homicide in the city in a week.

Witnesses told police the teens had been wrestling when an argument began and the 16-year-old shot the 18-year-old with a rifle.

According to police reports, the two suspects dragged the body from the apartment using garbage bags. The body was then placed in a car and later dumped into the river.

The body was found face-down in the river in Lowellville.

The two teens were arrested by Struthers police where officers found the car on Bridge Street.

At the apartment, city police found blood in the driveway leading to the front door and steps of the apartment, police reports show. Inside, they found a pool of blood in the living room, two live shells, spent shell casings and a .22-caliber rifle on the couch.

The victim was visiting two other teens who live at 155 W. Boston Ave., police reports show.




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