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Missing teenager’s body found



Published: Sun, May 31, 2009 @ 12:09 a.m.

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YOUNGSTOWN — When Asthen Jackson’s mother reported him missing, police said the chances were slim that the 17-year-old Youngstown boy would be found alive.

On Saturday, Jackson’s family and friends found the teen dead behind a building on the corner of Jacobs Road and Kenyon Avenue.

Police were called after the body was found Saturday afternoon. Jackson’s body was taken by the Mahoning County coroner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

April Jackson, the mother of the Parkwood Avenue teen, called police Monday to report his disappearance.

Jackson was last seen in the company of his mother’s ex-boyfriend and another person of interest, according to a police report.

Based on a police investigation, including the questioning of the two men, Detective John Kelty said earlier this week that there was “evidence to suggest a homicide.”

April Jackson received a telephone call after her son’s disappearance reportedly informing her she’d find her son’s body on the city’s East Side.

She asked police to search for her son, but Kelty said earlier this week that such a search couldn’t happen because it would take “thousands of people.”

April Jackson, who couldn’t be reached Saturday by The Vindicator, searched the city’s East Side with friends and family, and they found her son’s body.

No arrests were made as of Saturday in connection with the teen’s death.


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1fess2it(30 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I am so glad the familys' search is over. It is a shame though that the family had to find the boy in this horrible conidition. This shows how much more we as a community united can accompolish than the police force can,(detectives included). The family also had determination and love. Something else missing in our law enforcement?

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2Rokscout(310 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Fess2it, you are exactly right. It is all the police department's fault. As heartbreaking as the death of anyone is, what do you want them to do when a 17 year old male from Youngstown is missing? They deal with these type of calls all of the time and just simply can't go all out and join hands, walking across every inch of the city. Don't try to tell me that it is the police that are missing love and determination when young males all over the city are shooting up houses and stores and innocent victims and their families are nowhere to be found.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

To break the cycle of death on the mean streets of Youngstown people must head their lives in a different direction. The path to death on the streets in Youngstown is well documented.

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4UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

The black hooded families of Youngstown taking care of their own.

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5janpentz(32 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

This is crazy. If there was a missing child in Canfield or Poland they would call out the police and probably the National Guard. For the police to refuse to search for a missing child is unethical. Oh, yeah, that's rights.......there aren't any donut shops on the east side of Youngstown, are there?

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6L0L(660 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Ur absolutely right janpentz. Every officer should have come out and just started walking amously around the entire east side. In fact on every missing person call, runaway juvenile, the whole department should just drop what they're doing and walk through yards, lots, fields, vacant homes, buildings etc etc etc. You're real intelligent.

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7Rokscout(310 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

LOL, so true.
Funny how in this case a 17 year old is a "child".
If this kid had robbed or attacked janpentz she would cry a terrible foul if he was charged as a "child". Besides Janpentz, there are no donut shops out there because they were probably robbed or torched. I will say it again, if you hate the police so much you should be put on something similar to a do not call list, but in reverse. Your numbers will not be allowed through to the police in case of emergency.

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8arios(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I agree 100% - Youngstown City should be ashamed of themselves for not aggressively investigating a missing child- regardless of age ( a minor is a minor)!!!!! I've followed this story since it first became news, the story was never a top story and it never was made important to the media!!! It is possible if the media would have made it a little more important maybe more of the community would have been involved with the search as opposed to expecting our police department to do their jobs... :-) It seems like our politicians are happy to take our tax dollars but when it comes to issues like homicides, missing children, burglary and ect.in the city they become very relaxed in making attempts to solve those cases.

My nephew was killed last year this time - a basic investigation was performed and unfortunately his murder is still on out on OUR streets. Names were given to the detective to follow up with and it was never done. Why is this allowed????

The city talks about solving crimes, making things better in our neighborhoods but the truth is that things are only getting worse. My heart and prayers goes out to this family during this time....it is not easy losing a loved one for absolutely no reason. Something needs to be done- we must "as a community" start putting pressure on our politicians to do the right things and if they can not administrate, manage and control our city then they may need to look for employment elsewhere.... we need to have people in those position that "really" care about the people and care about the city........

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9joebag09(251 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I can't say I have an answer to this issue and I have no idea what the city's protocol is for a missing child, but something more should have been done! If it had been my child I would probably wanted the "world" called out. I guess at this point you have to thank the people that did choose to involve themselves! Sad outcome for this young boy and his family.

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

"Jackson was last seen in the company of his mother’s ex-boyfriend and another person of interest, according to a police report."

I take it that the ex boyfriend was not the boys father. Did he have a vendetta against the mother or the boy or both?

"Based on a police investigation, including the questioning of the two men, Detective John Kelty said earlier this week that there was “evidence to suggest a homicide.”

YPD did the best that they could in this matter.

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11G17(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

By all accounts this was a horrific crime. This is not the police fault or either the community~ it is simply the fault of the irresponsible ruffians that pulled the trigger. The "person
or interest" as everyone will soon find out as this story breaks wide open is a very shady character! He has the morals of a alley cat and it serves this community well to get this guy off the streets. Not to mention the fact that he was recently released from federal prison on 2/10/09 after
serving 7 years for gun and drug charges. The real victim in
all of this is the family of Mr. Jackson. God bless her and her family.

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12TheLostPatrol(756 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

It all starts with a Family environment. I'll bet every kid in the Inner City that was raised with a Mother and Father in the houshold up until the youngster reached age 18 either went into the Service, became gamefully employed, or went on to College and turned out pretty damn successful.

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13nangirl109(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I feel That The Police Could Have Treated This Different Because He Was Missing And They Didnt Know if He Was Alive Or Dead .What Happened To The Amber Alert When A Child Is Missing. But The Town Would Have Been Crawling With Police If It Was One Of There Own They Need To Change The Way Things Are Done Around Here . The Police Need To Remember He Was A Child He Wasnt 18 He Was 17 I Pray That The Police Department Ends Up Being Held Acountable For There Actions ... And My Prayers Go Out To This Family .

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14Rokscout(310 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Somebody needs to look up what the state law defines as a "missing child". Amber alerts are only used for young children when there is evidence that they were taken, not seventeen years old and accompanying someone else. If an amber alert is issued for every call the police get about a missing/run away "minor" then people will become accustomed to hearing them and will stop paying attention. I will say again though, 17 is not a helpless child. Half of the crimes in the beloved city are commited by guys his age so come off of the, I hate YPD because they left this baby out there on his own garbage.

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15strojjj(27 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I don't believe in the 'Police' any longer. They can't protect anyone, and don't. They clean up the mess after the fact and could care less about the 'citizens'. The police will only want to sweep this under the rug ASAP. That is what they are good for.

If you want to take your communities back and purge the crime and criminals, you will have to stand up for yourselves. You need to bring religion and the sense of community back into society.

You need to tell the Atheist and non-Christians, who take every opportunity to deface Christians, to shut the Frack up and to sit down! You need to STOP government from taking away your rights to protect yourselves and your community.

You need to take America back!

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16Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

The sad fact is that in many places in town the police have no control but the subculture does. If the police would have so much as slapped around the felon that killed this boy the people would have been outraged. His killing of the boy is just a fact of life in the ghetto. It will only end when the people tire of the crime and the killing.

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17MzVirgoLuv(157 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

The lady who claimed two black men kidnapped her and her daughter was national news, they found out she was lying.....Cailey Anthony was national news, Natalie something or other (over the age of 17), national news, the little girl in Cali, national news; the little girl missing from Marocco, national news....that girl missing in NY that wasn't supposed to go on Spring break, national news....Do you get where I am coming from....because he was a BLACK MALE, he got shoulder shrugged and then lazily looked for....I am not saying call out the national guard or even all of the police force, but at least 'ACT' like you care YPD. And to comment about that two parent theory: Not necessarily true...there are plenty of guys in jail, dead and evil that came from two parent, loving homes. It depends on the person's ability to deal with the real world and how they perceive it. Plenty of strippers come from good homes, murderers come from good homes, etc....When you live in a community that you think the government can care less about, then you care less about it too, unless you have someone teaching, telling and showing you different and even then it's up to the person to do what they think/know is right. The fact of the matter is, it was done wrong and the YPD should have done a better job. My heart goes out to this family, especially the mom. I am a mother of five beautiful kids and one of them is an adult and if something would happen to him, I would hope that they would look for him just like they looked for all those who received national coverage. God Bless the Jackson family and may some justice and peace come to them.

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18Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

"Do you get where I am coming from....because he was a BLACK MALE, he got shoulder shrugged and then lazily looked for"

It is common knowledge that YPD knew that the boy was dead. There was no urgency in locating the body as their primary goal was to aprehend those involved in the murder. No matter what they would have done they would have been criticized.

Now to lack of interest because he was black. WE HAVE A BLACK MAYOR AND A BLACK CHIEF OF POLICE. You would be a fool to believe that race was a factor in your percieved lack of responce in this crime.

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19dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

They never said the were not looking for him. They could not do a mass search. Big difference! I love how people read and see thing they way they want to. How do you know they would be having a mass search of paid employees in Canfield or Poland. There would be a mass search but it would be done by voluteers. It would be the same anywhere you go around the mahoning valley. If you look at and child who has gone missing, it takes so many VOLUTEERS!

Stan I also agree with playing the race card! They can't do that. But you know people always what to blame it on race! ALWAYS! Everything wrong in on done is cause of someone's race! GIVE ME A BRAEK!

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20MzVirgoLuv(157 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Okay, so because we have a black mayor and a black chief of police and a black president, all racial inequality ceases? Wow, how naive. We all know this country was build off of racism and it will always be around no matter who's in "charge". I don't have a twisted perception of anything, I have a real outlook on things because I have lived it. You tell the mother it wasn't that important to find his body even though they knew he was dead. This is why Youngstown will never get far, because of the small mindedness that lives here. There is a world out there you know, go explore it and then tell me status, race, environment didn't play a part in how the job was done. Don't tell me the YPD does 'ALL THEY CAN/COULD' when I see three and four cars sitting in a parking lot talking to each other and smoking weed and even turning tricks....and don't say it doesn't happen when, because they have no respect for 'the hood' they do it right in front of us. It happens....I am tired of the suburbanites speaking on things they have no idea about. If you have never been in the midst of it, don't speak of it. I have lived in the suburbs and I decided to move back here, where I am more accepted and feel I can do more good with my tax money and for my neighbors. Always know what you talk about before you talk about it.

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21Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

MzVirgoLuv:

I believe that without any delay you should contact Mayor Jay Williams and Police Chief Jimmy Hughes to tell them that you are appaled at the racism involved in their decisions on the search. Bring up the subject of smoking weed and even turning tricks also. Why didn't you report it when you first witnessed it ? I'll see what I can do about bringing CNN in so you can get national coverage ! Keep us posted !

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22allstar720(253 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

that kid was a mass murderer.

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23najjjj(106 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

allstar720.......what the heck are you babbling about?

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24copswife(25 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

First of all, MZ Virgo Luv, The police officers are drugged tested randomly so no you would not see a police officer sitting in a cruisor smoking weed. You also will not see a police officer turning tricks on the streets while working. You really should know what your talking about before you talk. I can say this because i live the life of a police officer. Yes it was a shame the boys family had to be the ones to find his body. As said in previous comments the police do investigate evrey murder, but no they can not just stop what they are doing and every cop go on a wild goose chase. It is always volunteers that start big man hunts. I listen to the scanner every night and every five minutes some one is calling in a missing child and four times out of five they find him at a friends house or they ran away because they do not like the rules. For the person that said this boy is a murderer you hit it right on the money. He had every bit to do with the man that was kille don the South side and an hour later the five people shot in the house. Did he deserve to die no, but he was not innocent. These kids try to play big shots and unfortunatly they pay for it. My heart goes out to the boys family and i hope they get justice and they will, it takes time. But our cops are doing what they can and they risk their lives every day doing it. Have alittle respect for law enforcement. If you did their job every day expecially in Youngstown you might not be so quick to judge.

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25Reader(126 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

not only is it alleged that the late missing boy was involved in violence and murder, he was also a player in a theft ring as well.

He at 17 was living a life as a criminal with no regard for other human life. He got himself into trouble, his mother condoned his activities. He was taught by her and her boyfriends to break the law, disrespect authority and then when it got too deep, they wanted the police to forget about the rest of the public needs and spend tens of thousands of dollars to try to find him?

I am sorry this boy was lead down the wrong path in life, I'm sorry that he lost his life by the same code of violence and crime that he lived. I wish the circumstances were different but it is what it is.

I don't blame the police for continuing to protect and serve the public. The police in the city of youngstown go out everyday and risk their lives to protect and serve the city and its people. They live in the city they serve and do not get the appreciation they so greatly deserve. Each and everyone of them could choose to work and live in the sububrs and leave the city to be ran by the criminal element. There are officers and city employees of both sexes and many races working together yet these vindy boards are so full of racism and criticism for the thankless job being done everyday to protect the very people spewing hate.

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26Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Some of us place YPD in high esteem.

CLICK AND SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THOSE THAT GAVE THEIR LIVES.
http://www.cityofyoungstownoh.com/cit...

This boy and his mother are merely a drop in the bucket of culture here in Youngstown. It is amusing that when it gets too hot for them the culture screams for the police to quench the fires.

CHOICES IN LIFE BEAR CONSEQUENCES !

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27ohio2texas(4 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I have know this childs' mother since we were children. Her parenting is not in question. I know this for a fact. This is an example of how the YPD makes it easy for criminals to do crimes such as these. The criminals can count on their laziness and no regard for protecting the community assuming ALL minorities are involved in some type of mischief when they loose their lives. Do you know how many bodies have been found in that area of town??? My grandmother lived out there, A LOT are not even getting news coverage. The bottom line is this mother had to find her OWN son's body.... It's not enough they failed to PROTECT ..... They wouldn't even SERVE the needs of that mother...... My prayers go out to April.....No mother deserves to go through that. But you put out world coverage of a child who was allegedly killed by her mom?????? Something is definitely wrong with that........

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28Ciara2223(16 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

where is the proof at that Ashten was a criminal while he lived on this earth? Where is the proof that he had something to do with what happened on the south side?

There are police officers in Youngstown that actually do there job than there are some believe it or not that is closet racist black and white etc races/backgrounds. People need to quit sugar coating stuff about the police out here because there is plenty of them not doing there job right.

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29pictureme(4 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

So it didn't take thousands of people, HUH!!!! would they have searched with thousands of people if it was a little white kid ...yes they would of been ROUNDING UP THE TROOPS!!!! I am so sick of these lazy ass people who have the job title of protecting and serving and don't do SH...T but collect a check!

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30Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

"CHOICES IN LIFE BEAR CONSEQUENCES !"

YPD isn't to blame for the choices that the boy and his mother made in life.

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31ohio2texas(4 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

FYI Geomar... This kid is not a hoodlum.... Do you even know him???? His family or anything about his up bringing??? Did you worship in church with he and his mom??? And yes my family members DID assist on doing the job of the YPD and they found him.... Not thousands of people but... a group of 20.. I'm not as immature as you making this an racial issue, I make it a moral issue.... I am gainfully employed.... making over 70k a year(Yes ....blacks from Youngstown get educated and move on) How dare you make that comment when all you read is an article in the paper.... Maybe YOU need the life..... I hope ur kid never comes up missing... Ignorance is what's killing Youngstown.. No you might not be "Hooded Out" But u are definitely part of the problem. Education ...not criticism. Again... The unemployed lazy people you speak of completed the job that my as well as your tax dollars pay salaries for.... while they park their patrol cars and blow off 6 of 8 hrs... Not speculation... something I have actually seen. And you make excuses for them not to do what they are PAID to do... Instead of bashing this family(U don't know...) Maybe you should start worrying about the protection or lack there of of your own... No matter the color or their social standings.... While I pray for this family's loss of a CHILD.. I will send out a special prayer for you as well.... God knows u need it!!!!

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32Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Some one had a deep seated hatred for this boy and it didn't result from his going to church.

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33GEOMAR(29 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Gee, I guess freedom of speech is only applicable when it conforms to the views of this liberal rag. It seems apparent to me that the PC police deem the truth abhorrent especially when it confronts the same. Neither of my comments were outrageous or any less defamatory and yet the progressive, social liberals must have been insulted by the truth. Kind of hurts when someone oppose your views and has the freedom to censor a persons opinion. So much for free thought and speech.

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34msweetwood(161 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

GEOMAR: We protect free speech by supporting responsible speech. If you post a view without using objectionable language, threats, etc., it will be allowed for all to see. If you insist on being crass or profane, consider starting you own blog. You will be blocked from our site.

It really is as simple as that.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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35msweetwood(161 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I meant: YOUR own blog.

Mark

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36GEOMAR(29 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

The language I used was neither crass nor profane and not anything less than what is normally used here. I made no threats nor did I imply any. And free speech is just what it is, free, whether you agree or disagree, it is none the less speech. If you wish to block my ideas feel free. It is within your right but remember the speech that is blocked tomorrow may be the one that is the yours.

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37GEOMAR(29 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

strike the last 'the' in the last sentence.

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38ohio2texas(4 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

No one is trying to make YPD responsible for this child's death.... how he got killed... the decisions or events that lead to this or any of the other crap people are babbling about....

YPD IS responsible for ALL crimes reported... No matter color, character, or content. That's what my hard earned tax dollars pay for... Bottom line... He was reported missing on Sunday night..5 days was plenty of time for at least 2 detectives to investigate... They did NOTHING!!!! Say what you want about me, this family, and or the media, crime in Youngstown.... all of that... YPD dropped the ball.... Final answer..... And as a parent I would be terrified if this is where my help comes from..... God Bless you all.

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39allstar720(253 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

dude, this kid was a straight mass murderer. you all are going to look like fools when the truth comes out; worried about who found him and how. he shot up that house and pumped bullets into one girl until she stopped moving. his mom's ex boyfriend and his friend took him along to rob a house and he went nuts shooting everyone, which is what happens when you take a boy on a man's job. who cares where or how he was found? it's a joke. btw, i give this comment 3 hours until it's stricken by the pc police.

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40L0L(660 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

ohio2texas: You couldn'tbe more off. First of all, like someone pointed out before several times, countless runaway/missing juveniles are reported hourly. It is and would be humanly impossible to conduct a search for all of these juveniles. 99.9% of the time the juvenile left because he "didn't like the rules" or just doesn't listen and either comes home hours later or is located at a friends house. The community uses the police as a substitute for the lack of parenting that is apparent. It is with this that "crying wolf" approach has been adopted.

As far as the police not conducting any investigation, please inform me as to how you have a direct line into the police department, detective's division and patrolman to know exactly what went on and goes on?? I love how everyone always says that the police don't do everything. Just because you do not see it doesn't mean that its not being done. They basically came out and said that he probably wasn't alive anymore. How would they know that? Through investigating maybe? There becomes a point in time when you have to cut your losses on one effort and focus them on another... Hence the persons of interest. They had already established who the boy was with, what he was possibly doing, what part of town and then focusing on locating the "persons of interest" which would either lead them to the juveniles location or an arrest for this incident.

Also, as far as seeing cops sit in parking lots for 6to 8 hours, something that you have SEEN yourself. Really, the same cops? You drove up next to them, looked at their faces and returned every once and a while to check on them still sitting there? Sorry, sweetie but if you see a cop just "sitting" in a parking lot its them typing reports on their computers from the 10 previous calls they just took in a row so they can get back onto the street and take more calls.

I'm going to part with telling you to do what i read another poster wrote: Don't speak of things that you do not know of. You could not be more misinformed or wrong from the actual truth that went on. Alot of officers care, but its hard to make a difference when all they deal with is people who don't.

As far as the deceased boy is concerned i feel no sympathy. He is a product of the life he lead. He is just one more chapter in the ghetto story that is being told. So yes, no national coverage, no headlines. Those are reserved for news and out of the ordinary events, not an every day occurence.

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41copswife(25 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

LOL, i am so glad there is at least one person that agrees with me. Ypd is not responsiable for thugs putting guns in their hands and shooting people or saleing drugs. Their only responsibility is to clean up the mess these thugs make. My husband works double the hours in one day that some one commented they see the cops sitting for 6 and 8 hours at a time. You also are correct lol they are writting reports when they are sitting in parking lots and peopl think they are doing nothing. It takes at least an hour to write a full reprt and that is when they do not have to stop to take a call. This boy was involved in 6 shooting in one night and there is proof to back that up. If he was man enough to shoot six people he should be man enough to face the music. Unfortanatly he was killed, but if he was not he would have spent the rest of his time in prison. So to LOL Thank You for respecting our men and women in blue that do the best they can to protcet us. My husband was shot at four times last night had his back cruisor window shot at spent thirty minutes in foot pursuit all over the south side with three young thugs that are trying to make a name for themselves on the South side. He came home from work and had to go back out for the midnight shift on a side job. YPD deserves alittle respect. I listen to the scanner every night to make sure my husband is coming home, my kids see my husband for less then then thirty minutes on a daily basis because of these thugs that can not conduct them selves like humans in public. So please do not bash the police when you have no knowledge of what goes on in this city!

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42Ciara2223(16 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

So because you have a family member/friend that works as a Police officer that means you know that all the police officers are doing no wrong at their job?

Some of them do actually care but not all of them so dont make it seem like they are all angels. To all the police who care and try yall best to do your job the right way I congradulate yall for that hard work you do everyday.

All I ask for is proof of this boy being a criminal?

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43ysugirl913(14 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

As the most far flung liberal to post on this board, one would be surprised that I would like to say that I agree with copswife and l0l.
To the few that are saying the police officers did not do enough, go for a ride along one day. Maybe that is the action it would take for you to realize that the department is understaffed and overworked. Please explain this to your fellow citizens and ask them to cut back on their crime (such as shooting half a neighborhood and robbing people) so that the officers may investigate EVERY missing "child" report. It seems pretty simple to me.
If this boy had committed the crimes that are being told of, he would not have been considered a child yet an adult when charged. There is no questioning this aspect of the issue, so at seventeen who really expects it to not be a simple run away, especially in a case like his. No I do not know him personally but the anonymous nature of this board suggests people are not just making things up because they are bored. The information came from somewhere.
Oh and it is congratulations not congradulations.

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44sistersun(49 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I sat here and read all these comments,I will say first,I'm sorry that April has to bury her son at such a young age,but alot of want was said is right.We should be opened minded to the fact it is what it is.Youngstown,we ain't new to it ,be true to it.people here play by their own rules.There are three sides to a story,your side,their side,and what the truth really is,will we ever know the truth?Again,I'm saddened to hear of any one having to bury their child at such a young age.

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45reggie(30 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

i am so sick and tired of all the tragedy and killings and DRUGS in youngstown and warren and niles that i just moved to texas. i am not saying any other state is safer, its just that it seems so very very bad in youngstown... the out come of everyone losing jobs is making the streets even worse. its not the police fault. if you look at the statistics the blacks are killing there own. when i lived there a few years ago i recall them shooting and killing over a $5 rock. so don't blame the police. i know that in this case it might not of been drugs at all, but for blacks to say we shall all ban together ''we are brothers and sisters'' why is it they call each other the N word jokingly and also shoot each other over turf or whatever. i was shocked to see how many even at 14 years old had guns. i am sure the police are sick of getting reports of older teens being missing. there are so many who roam the streets and do drugs and runaway and so on. and no , a minor is not a minor who ever said that above this comment. ...17 is a very tragic young age to die and i truely feel for the mom and family. but after all, why was this so called minor not home doing homework. i would bet anything that this 17 year old was hardly ever at home. its not the moms fault either, its hard to keep tabs on older teens now adays, especially in the summer break from school. all we can do is guide them and give them the right morals to live by. to bury any child is heartbreaking , i hope i never have to see this in our family. but as i said, it is hard to keep your child locked up at home 24 -7. my prayers go out to the family and let the eternal light shine on that young boys soul and rest in peace.its bad now , but just wait when 2,000 more are unemployed and the streets get worse. if this was the moms boyfriend, i hope he also gets death. i am for ''an eye for an eye'' but only through the justice system. if we all encourage violence, we are doomed! and as for the comment above about if people hate the police so bad then you better never need them. i agree. i have also disagreed with many of the police decissions , but over all , you better belive i would call them in a heart beat if i need help. i am sure the wives of these police officers panic daily, because for some reson '' youngstown problem people have no quelm on shooting a cop. so to all the brave police out there i am sorry for all you go through in youngstown and all the terrible crime scenes you have seen and i am sure the police had to get hard hearted to see the children they have found . any cop out there with children , i am sure feels it when a young man or woman is found murdered. so lay off the cops and put education and other things in your child ... not the streets... have dinner with them and hang out. i recall my childhood, it was never as dangerous as it is now. and back then we got our a#$$ beat by our parents, and we turned out just fine! now everything is just to easy.

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46ytowngramma(39 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

On June 1st it was reported that the police had suspects....have they arrested anyone at this point and if so....I'd like to know who they are.

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47Lifesnadir(164 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

It does seem the YPD could have made an appeal to get the "thousand" of searchers it needed to find this boy-almost young man.

NO human being deserves to be killed and left as nothing more than a bag of trash.

I feel badly for parents whose children take wrong paths in life, believing violence is the way to solve problems. As a society, we're losing our Souls.

I wish more people were interested in local, state, and national history. Old newspapers are full of reports about how people in the past took violent actons against "certain groups", including (quote from old newspapers) "foreigners" (anyone who came from overseas to get a job and who did not speak English well, or anyone whose skin wasn't purely white). But, I would hope readers of old newspapers would also notice how much less crime and violence took place "back then".

Many of our young people have lost their moral compass---if they ever had one! How can we get our kids back on track? How can we adults get involved to stop the violence? How can we get kids to stop feeling so "entitled" and how can we teach them self-discipline, self-restraint, and proper ways to delay self-gratification?

The "I want" generation must find strong boundaries around how they CHOOSE to conduct their lives.... or, God help us all when they grow up and are then in charge of our towns and governments!

We must teach our kids that, "I can and will wait for what I want (or think I want), without hurting anyone else" is very much an honorable and mature way to live.

Again, I feel for this teen's family. It's very sad.

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48UTrocket88(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

It's hard not to go left when the right door has a lock on it. I mean I know from my experience of living in youngstown. I have had many friends not make it to 21 also. Now from living experience in this city, I can say that it is not in the organic nature for black men to commit these crimes the way it seems.

Look at the living conditions we are forced to grow up in. I guarantee if you did an experiment and went to Poland, Boardman,, Niles etc and brought there young children to live the lives that young inner city kids are born into they would be just the same. Instead, unfortunately they have both parents, and they don't go to sleep to police sirens, and gunshots every night. And have great financial status to enjoy life instead of suffer.

Look at stats from every state every city in America you will find similar stories about young black youths, I know because I am one of them that made it out of Youngstown, and is doing something Very productive. Its far out of control for these parents to stop the violence its a cycle that is being perpetuated by those who control this government that must take the target off African people for evil reasons, then the violence will cease. Read something and research to really see whats going on out here. I've lived in and know what's really going on in these streets from 1st hand experience.

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49L0L(660 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Lifesnadir.... you wrote:
" How can we get our kids back on track? How can we adults get involved to stop the violence? How can we get kids to stop feeling so "entitled" and how can we teach them self-discipline, self-restraint, and proper ways to delay self-gratification?"

and then in the next paragraph you answered your own question... "We must teach our kids that"

Thats teh problem with todays generation. The ones that "lost their moral compass" never had one instilled in them. I completely blame lack of parenting. Sure every once in awhile you're gonna have a bad apple but how many bad apples were there a few decades ago? The "i want" generation was not born, it was created. If society wants to take back the streets then take back your kids first. You'll see the change. And to reggie, thanks for the confidence and compliment.

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50wanleatharoland(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Father I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ I pray that you would comfort the family in their time of lost. I pray that those who have commented and those who are just reading understand the times we are in. Father I pray that they realize the the hour has been far spent and that the world is comming to an end. Father I pray for the sinners that they would come to know you in the parting of their sins and I pray for the backsliders that they would return to their 1st love and Lord God I pray for those who don't believe that you exist. Lord God I pray for a revival in the land. Father I pray that you would turn a heart of stone into a heart of flesh to receive I pray for healing for the wounded spirit Father heal their hurt and the memory of their hurt and cause it to be as if it never happen. Father I pray that the scales would fall of the eyes or unbelievers, backsliders, and sinners. I bind the spirit of deception and I loose the spirit of truth so that they can be free. Father I pray that you would fill their void and bring their searching to an end before it's too late. Father I pray that they boast not of tomorrow for it's not promised to none of us but that they make you their choice onlt to rest in the comfort of knowing that you hold their future. Father God I pray that those who read this prayer would come to realize that they need a Savior. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth on Him shal not perish but have everlasting life. Romans 10:9 That if you would confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. Repent confess and believe. Will you believe or will you be lost for prayer e-mail wanleatharoland@yahoo.com in Jesus Name Amen

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51ohio2texas(4 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

OK... LOL/ Cops Wife... I respect the way you feel and make NO mistake... there are some cops that do their job. But for every 10... there are 2 that half ass it... They are just as involved in this street corruption as these kids... I know a couple and so does other people that live in the "High Crime " neighborhood. And it's not just Youngstown...it's every city. It's your city....Take pride you should..but do not disregard the fact that someone's child was left to rot with no attempt from the YPD to help.

I visit my family there BRIEFLY 3 times a year. Which is sad because I love it there but with no jobs, few community programs, homes and even schools and churches boarded up all around you , tell me ....is it REALLY hard for a young ,influential, inner -city black child to make a "Wrong Decision"? NEWSFLASH.... All children do it... It doesnt matter the social status, race or what neighborhood they live in. You just heard about this child because his parents couldn't fix it and he lost his life behind his bad decision. This child is not even old enough to be branded a killer..... He had no prior record... but I'm sure he saw very little opportunity and decided to make his own. I'm not excusing it..I feel bad for all the families involved. Particularly April because she had to see her child like out like trash..That is too much for any mother to bear. She wasn't implicated in a crime so she and her family should at least be shown SOME respect.

I left Youngstown over 20 years ago. I came from a 2 parent household, both of my parents had great incomes, I attended the Parochial School System my whole life...It could have been me.. I had outside influences that caused me to make some mistakes. No it wasn't murder or robbery but "Wrong is Wrong... whatever level. I come back and look see some of my friends....who had the same social status, different ethnic backgrounds caught up in that society. (If they are not an unsolved murder case) All I am saying is not just the police but the CITY OF YOUNGSTOWN should take some accountability instead of giving welfare recipients money to move away in from a city that generates no revenue and make it a safer city for ALL ... Even the poor and underprivileged . Think about it.....

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52tutubean(4 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I would just like to add that I have a niece who disappeared last year who was 14 at the time (and let me also state for "certain" commenters on here that she is "caucasian"). I just can't get a grip on people in this world being how they are. Anyhow..She is a straight A student who normally walks home from school which is about 3 blocks from her house and school gets out around 2:15 and she always arrived at home around 2:30-2:45 no later. She never showed up. her mom called the school..she wasnt their..her mom called all her friends..not their. She went searching up and down all the roads and blocks..she was nowhere to be found. Her mother worried to death by this point calls the PD..who informs her an officer will be right out. Meanwhile I stop at a convenience store to get a coffee where I see 3 PD cars parked and 4 officers inside having coffee (maybe having a lunch break?) They were plainly not their for a robbery in progress or any other crime. While inside I get a cell phone call from my sister telling me to come over to be with her she was freaking out. So I leave. We waited at her house for approximately 2 hours before I decide to go to my house and I pass the same convenience store with the 2 of the same officers in it (maybe having a lunch break?). Who am I to draw conclusions..all I know is I went over my sisters house that night at 8:00 PM and the Officer finally showed up and I passed that store 4 times in the meantime , looking for my niece on my own search..and those same police cars were there each time..call it coincidence.... call it a lunchbreak...... call it whatever you want....I feel like I need to fight for more lunch breaks where I am working..because I put my life on the line everyday with my job and I dont get nearly enough lunch breaks...I didnt stop and say anything to them out of RESPECT.

Trust me these guys were not getting prostitutes.. they were not doing drugs..and they were certainly NOT filling out police reports..and they were NOT in there cars on any computer ..they were simply standing around talking while drinking coffee.

And yes I do agree that kids go missing every day and yes they are teenagers who can be the perfect child or the worst but they will rebell against you sooner or later and screw up somehow. most of us have been there..my niece WAS found but it was by our own search. And the PD NEVER followed up.

Maybe along with "ZERO TOLERANCE" on the streets they should have a "ZERO TOLERANCE" Program within the PD also.

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53westrsideman(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

its funny how if its a black person missing or anything they espect cops to jump but its ok if its a white person thats why our prob lems are thyey way they are others think if cop dont jump becouse its black person it fasttly spreads its a racist thing

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