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Crime Stoppers seeks leads in 5-year-old homicide case



Published: Thu, August 11, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Anyone with information is asked to call (330) 746-CLUE.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Crime Stoppers is seeking information in an effort to solve a 5-year-old cold homicide case.

Anthony C. Sheard died July 7, 2000, from a gunshot wound to the head. The 30-year-old Irma Avenue victim was found inside a 1994 red Pontiac Grand Prix at 10 p.m.

The car was parked in the back lot of Eagle Heights Academy, 1833 Market St. Sheard was in the driver's seat, which was fully reclined.

Police who found Sheard said his belt was undone and his pants were unzipped. The car engine was running in the drive gear and Sheard's foot was on the brake.

A witness told police that she saw a man standing outside the car, yelling at someone inside the vehicle. She said the man tried to enter the Pontiac on the passenger side and then fired one shot into the car.

Reports show a 9mm handgun was used.

The suspect went around to the driver's side, reached through the window and grabbed a bag from inside the car. The suspect then ran south from the parking lot.

An officer who had been working a security detail for the school said she had checked the parking lot about five minutes before the shooting and the Pontiac was not there.

Anyone who may have information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (330) 746-CLUE. Up to $1,000 is given for information leading to the arrest and indictment of people accused of felonies in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

The case is being investigated by Detective Sgt. Gerald Marietta.

Sheard's obituary showed that he was born in Cleveland and moved to the Youngstown area in 1997. He was a Navy veteran and worked at MCI Worldcom.

He is survived by a wife and two stepsons.




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