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YOUNGSTOWN Body found in river



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



Two teen-agers are in custody after the killing.

By JoANNE VIVIANO

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

YOUNGSTOWN -- City police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old man whose body was found in the Mahoning River.

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

Two teen-age boys, ages 16 and 17, are in custody.

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

What happened: Witnesses told police the teen was shot in the head by the 16-year-old suspect after an argument about a wrestling incident.

According to police reports, the body was dragged out of 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 were arrested by Struthers police where officers found the car on Bridge Street.

Evidence: 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 and suspects are not residents of the apartment but were visiting two teens who live there, police reports show.




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