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Keeping faith amid fear

Published: Mon, January 25, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Shaken parishioners resolve to stay at church; added security planned



YOUNGSTOWN — The slaying of an elderly church member has stoked some fear but much more anger and determination among parishioners.

“It won’t scare me off; I’m not going to leave now,”


Saint Dominic's Church, 77 Lucius Ave., in Youngstown.


VICTIM’S PEW: This front corner pew at St. Dominic Church on Lucius Avenue is where Angeline Fimognari sat during Masses.


IN LOVING MEMORY: A stained glass window overlooks the parking lot at the church. Angeline Fimognari was killed in the church parking lot Saturay.

said Diana, a longtime member of St. Dominic’s Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave., on the city’s South Side.

“No little punk with a gun is going to run me off.”

Diana, who didn’t want her last name used for fear of reprisal, was referring to the fatal shooting of 80-year-old Angeline Fimognari, who was shot in the head in the church’s parking lot shortly after leaving the Catholic church around 8:45 a.m. Saturday. She was found about 30 minutes later in her vehicle with the door open.

The killing remains under investigation, police said.

Diana, who attended the 1 p.m. Mass on Sunday, said she’s been coming to St. Dominic’s for more than 50 years and intends to continue, adding that she didn’t know Fimognari.

Despite the homicide, several hundred attended the afternoon service.

The Rev. Gregory Maturi, pastor, said he didn’t know Fimognari well, but that she followed certain routines “like clockwork.” Those included attending morning Mass every weekday alone and sitting in the same corner of the sanctuary, he recalled.

The Rev. Mr. Maturi, who was installed last November, said Fimognari nearly always arrived before morning Mass every Monday through Friday and stayed 30 to 45 minutes afterward to pray. She usually was at the church more than three hours daily, he continued.

Fimognari was a cancer survivor and was devoted to St. Padre Pio, a friar who expressed a desire to suffer for others and who was marked in 1918 with the five wounds of Our Lord’s Crucifixion, he added.

Mr. Maturi called the crime “a random, senseless act,” and noted that the church plans to increase security.

Measures being considered are hiring police, increasing the number of and upgrading surveillance cameras, altering the times for people to leave and the gates to be open, and reviewing security procedures in place, he said, adding that St. Dominic’s has cameras all around the premises and security guards patrolling during every service.

Mr. Maturi told the congregation that Fimognari’s slaying was the first of its kind in the church’s 55-year history and advised parishioners to be cautious and report suspicious activity to security or church personnel.

“Don’t be deterred from coming to Mass,” Mr. Maturi said.

The killing was Youngstown’s fourth homicide of 2010. At this time last year, the city had recorded one homicide.


1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

I hope they catch the black hoodlum from the description who did this murder. He should be HUNG by the neck until dead right in Youngstown center city after his short guilty trial. No waiting around 20 years to execute this POS.

Mayor Jay - it's time to take back the city from the afro-american hoodlums. What are you going to do about it? People jhave a right to attend church without fear of being murdered.

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2Irishtiger(51 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

What a shame! This scumbag picking on someone as defenseless as this poor lady. Along with a scumbag like the foxrot comments. How someone can turn this into a political scene is beyond me. But, then again, republicans will do ANYTHING to get attention including lying and passing blame. Get a life, foxrot!! My deepest sympathy to the family and parish of this wonderful lady. "Vengeance is Mine" is spoken by the Lord. He can't render it strong enough in my opinion.

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3Attis(1134 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

From what we know of the elderly victim, racist calls for vengeance abuse her legacy of devotion to the Prince of Peace. Why not direct the growing outrage against not only the individual murder of this angelic woman but the collective murder of a whole inner city? We all know that huge sections of Youngstown (and Warren, etc) are wastelands and nothing, absolutely nothing, is being done to turn them back into civilized communities. If this outrageous murder awakens a serious movement to finally stop and reverse urban decay, then Angeline will not have died in vain.

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4mikeymike(469 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Penguin Bird you are very naive,there is never going to be a war on drugs.There are too many politicians,and corrupt police to allow it to happen.Just the other day,a Braceville police officer was arrested for taking drugs into the jail and selling them to inmates.Drugs are extra money for some of our scum bag politicians and police.

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5ihshomes(1 comment)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Angelina Fimognari was as close to a nun as any one can be without taking the vows. She was a devoted Catholic. She lived her life to help others, She took care of her mother, brother and his children, and other family members all her life. She was a selfless woman. She was a wonderful cook and baker. She grew her own vegetables in her garden to make her spaghette sauce and other specialties. She was a gentle, kind and very spiritual individual and did not deserve this kind of death! Angelina feared violence. God Bless her and her family!

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6mrblue(1175 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

This scumbag will be caught, And when he is, I hope the wrath of the justice system will be felt. NO MERCY. We should all take a moment and pray for this lady and her family.

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7VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

All of these comments show us how important safety is to our community and how the people feel about where the trouble is.

This trouble we face now is the result of 50 years of social indifference and liberal policies.

This brings to mind what I often heard while working in a corp. setting...

"If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem."

If we do not settle our safety concerns in our cities and states, we could face a backlash of citizen anger that will lead to extreme socialism, which asks the question - are you a productive citizen contributing to society, or are you burden to society and have no reason for exisiting?

The next few years of social declination will determine where we end up, but the current trend does not look good.

God bless the poor lady and her family. It should never have come to this.

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8Rokscout(310 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Sure....legalize drugs....sounds like a great idea. So they won't kill you for drug money, but once they are tweaked out from their free meth and you bump in to them on accident and they proceed to stick a screwdriver in your eye....I bet you will wish they weren't just handed drugs. This "legalize drugs" crap that people are spinning is some of the most ignorant garbage I have ever heard.
Now if your "buffet" includes permanent incarceration once you enter, I'm all for it.

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9ads(109 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

This poor women and her family she dedicated her life to others to only die by the hand of another. Let's see if caught what happens, the scumbag was probably 12-15 years old and will get sent to JJC (funland) till 18 and let go to go on and murder more innocent people. Hang the POS!!!!!

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10Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Sitting back and reflecting on this lady, who I never met, makes you wonder, all that shes been through and seen, probably born around 1930's and lived a gracious 80 years on this planet. Content and going about her daily things. Attended mass and cared about life in general it seems. And now in 2010 she is gone and all because of a low life piece of useless flesh animal over nothing more then spare change. What a way to finish your last day on earth then to be robbed by the devil himself. Makes you wonder what she was thinking when this was happening. So sad.
R.I.P. Angeline Fimognari

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11walter_sobchak(2728 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

This area, my old neighborhood, has turned into gangland. I think its time to call in the 82nd airborne and level the area. They are all guilty; if not of doing actual crime, for failing to be part of the solution. This culture breeds disrespect of all, including themselves. Just listen to their music and look at their "culture"! They are uncivilized and, as such, need to be treated as less than human. There are rules, Smokie. This is not 'nam!!

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12Mooneygrad72(42 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

My family and I have known the Fimognari's for years upon years. The entire family, including her brother Dom were good, church people. They lived the Bible, not just talked it. IF you were in need and they heard about it-- they were there to help. Dom fixed many TVs in the 50-6- 70 for people on in the Brownlee Woods area who could not pay him at that time. Not a money rich family; a truly, richly blessed family. It is a shame that a woman who was praising her God, had to be shot down for a few dollars. My heart and prayers go out to the family members-- especially the nephews and neices that I attended grade school and high school with. May the family find peace from within and keep the Padre Pio ideas in their lives.

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13Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

(Attis :

"From what we know of the elderly victim, racist calls for vengeance abuse her legacy of devotion to the Prince of Peace"

So bringing the killer to justice is racist in your eyes ? In our society people accept the notion that going to church will not result in their death . One would then assume that the nature of this crime would indicate that this fellow had no redeaming values Christian or otherwise . Not giving him more chances to kill is not being racist . I suspect that he has killed before . Bringing him to justce is being prudent in protectiong society . I fully support a fair trial and a fast execution when he is caught .

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14GoGuins07(1 comment)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

As a parishoner of St. Doms, I will say that this is truely a shame. So many beautiful families attend our parish, and it despicable that we now have to live in fear when we go to mass. Angelina, although I did not know her personally, sounds like many of the devoted Catholics that I see in mass on a regular basis and from what I've read, she sounds like a woman that lived her life in Christ, and to think that she died at the hands of a low-life punk while clinging to her prayer book and rosary makes my stomach turn. I truely hope Angelina rests in peace and finds the sanctity in Christ that she prayed for for so many years. My deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to her friends, family, and parish community.

Now, onto the Southside scum that did this to her. To those of you who say, "It's the southside, what do you expect?" My answer to this is that I was married in this church, I go to mass there, and I find it ridiculous that we as a community should accept this behavior just because we go to church on "the wrong side of town?" Umm...no. I refuse to accept this explanation. Bottom line, who the h*** does this guy think he is that just because he made the wrong choices in life and wasn't intelligent enough to go get himself a real job that he has the right to beg for money and then shoot some poor lady in the head? For those who have called this racial profiling because someone saw a young black man run from the parking lot, HELLO, what do you expect??? I am tired of all the excuses for Youngstown scum in this town. I don't care if you're white, black, red, or pink for God's sake. You do not have the right to be such a stupid punk and commit random acts of violence. You know, I really don't mind when all the boys in the hood shoot each other up over drugs, women, etc. but I have a real problem when they go after the innocent members of society. It's bad enough that as a tax payer that I have to pay for these lazy a**es to eat, not to mention they have better health coverage than us working folks, but if it were possible, I'd say let's just build up a wall around the inner city of Youngstown and let them all shoot each other, get it out of their systems, and then the rest of us will have less of these low-lives to pay for. And yes, I agree with those of you who commented above that you hope this guy gets lynched. It's too bad the mob's not around anymore because that' s when this town was at it's greatest - when we took care of our own people and solved our own problems.

I hope to see them find this bastard and bring him to justice, but unfortunately, that will not bring back Angelina.

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15lynettev(6 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

What a coward this criminal is to shoot and rob a 80 year old woman. Especially in a CHURCH parking lot. He is a worthless peice of crap. Robbing her is one thing, but shooting her, come on how much of a fight could she put up. I think he should be shot in the head. I don't feel like paying for him to sit in prison living the high life. That's exactly what it would be like for this peice of Crap. What kind of idiot is this? Hopefully they catch him quickly-What a lowlife!

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16Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

This is the kind of trash that wouldn't hesitate to kill a child either. Nothing but the lowest form of a animal that has no excuse to be walking among us. I really hope they find this (insert here whatever you want) and hear what this piece of garbage has to say on how you can murder a 80 year old (or anyone for that matter). I don't care if your high on drugs, mental, whatever, that is the lowest of lows to do that. And I'm sure, even the hardest idiots, would agree you just don't do that. Nothing but garbage you put out and thats saying something good about the person. So cowardly and useless.

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17ads(109 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

This community has to come together, fight to get rid of lowlife scum that is ruining our neighborhoods. It's time we take them back. What a coward.... I am with lynettev, I am sure she would have handed over whatever she had, no need to kill her. Again POS!

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18borylie(953 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

ads, How do you come together? If more than 2 white people gathered in protest, they'd be labled racists, white supremists, neo-cons and probably put on a watch list. Just like the tea baggers. The liberals and especially the blacks have painted whites into a PC corner. A couple of weeks ago the lady in Boardman was accosted and Hubbard had carjackings, both perpetrated by blacks. So not only is it not safe to be in Youngstown, they're invading your town next.

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19harleydog(243 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

This thug should be waterboarded, 1000 lashes then executed the same way he executed this woman. No but the liberal wack jobs will want to lawyer him up to protect his rights. What about the rights of this woman that were eliminated because of this piece of scum. If he gets the death penalty he will get another 20 years of life before they put him to sleep. What a great country we live in that thugs like this have more rights that the victims.

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20ads(109 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Borylie, I do live in Youngstown so i already know of the repercussions of society. I agree though... we would be the ones labled.

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21NorthCarolinaReader(2 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

This is an absolute travesty and Youngstown IS in trouble! First, my condolences to the family and friends of this fine lady. There are no words to ease your pain or make sense of this horrendous act of barbaric behavior. Next, the Mayor needs to do something and do it fast! He should contact the State Governor and request that the Guard be brought in for help. This kind of crime is only an example of what is in store for your city, and needs to be stopped before it's too late. Years ago in the '70s there were riots on the East Side of Youngstown. The Mayor at that time, called in the militia and curfews were set, military was controlling the streets and law and order was brought back to the city. Your police force can not handle this (they are outnumbered) and the individuals who do these acts of cowardice are soul-less beings without a conscience or sense of reason. You need to press your officials to go higher for help. If the state won't step in to clean up the city, then go Federal, because these criminals are local terrorists and that's what Homeland Security is all about. Although it's not "PC" (who cares), God grant peace to the Fimognari family, watch over the citizens of Youngstown and help to shine a light on the perpetrator so justice can be served swiftly, and to the fullest extent of the law.

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22Attis(1134 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

I just listened to our community "leaders" on WFMJ respond to this horrific crime. The councilwoman's based her plea for someone to talk on the idea that "this could happen to one of us". In response to a question of what the city can do to reduce homicide in the city, the mayor claimed violence is going down and that the city will just continue to do what is has in the past. With "leadership" like this, this town does not have a pray of returning to civilization.

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23GlovesAreOff(2 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

OK...Here is a new spin on this. Once upon a time people realized that in order to make our streets safe we needed "beat cops" on the streets and a ton of them too. Rudy Giuliani (who I am no great fan of) proved it in NYC in the late 1980's.
Now fast forward to the present...Now we complain about paying taxes, but damn the underfunded and understaffed services whenever they fail us. Sounds a bit hypocritical to me, and here is news to some of you out there: taxes are the primary source of revenue to a government entity. ANd guess what....The biggest portion of many governments' budgets is public safety!
While the person responsible for this crime should be brought to swift justice, we all need to take responsibility for incubating the society that nurtures and rewards this kind of activity by sitting complacently on the sidelines pumping our fists about what is wrong with government while we could be getting involved. So the next time a law enforcement levy or tax comes up to vote, just think about the consequences of a no vote. Better yet think about Ms. Fimognari. Better yet lets take this to the next Tea Bagger protest and let them try to spin this!

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24borylie(953 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Gloves, what do you think people should do if they're unhappy with government, including misspent tax money?

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25vinglass(295 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Not a fan of vigilante justice, but I'll make an exception in this case... I wouldn't be suprised if someone in the black community put this creature down quickly, if only to take the heat off all of them.

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26northsideart(111 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago


Yeah, good point about taxes, but what difference do raised taxes make when only a tiny minority of the city's residents actually pay taxes? The few taxpayers are already shouldering the burden for the vast majority of the citizens who make Youngstown a welfare state in the purest sense of the term. THOSE WHO LIVE ON THE DOLE DO NOT PAY TAXES.

Anyways, this story is so sad it makes me want to puke.

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27woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

RIP ANGELINE. Some of you need to stop with blaming politics about this murder as MRS. FIMOGNARIS family member asked previously. I dont care if street justice or the police get this man I just want him executed like he did her. Public execution would be awesome because this man is not salvagable hes a worthless piece of crap. Ihope he reads these blogs and if he does step up so you can get beat down B@@tch. Bet he cant fight without that gun

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28howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

While I agree something needs to be done about the violent crimes in Youngstown; sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture. There has been a dramatic increase in violent crimes across the nation in cities big and small since the beginning of this depression; and the longer it lasts the more violent crime is increasing.

Here is an article from the LA Times that is getting virtually the same kind of comments from readers as we are making here in Youngstown.

My point is that if the problem is happening everywhere and its corresponds to the economy than the solution is jobs!
Perhaps we should all contact our elected representatives and encourage them to submit a grant request from the jobs bill to employ as many citizens at $10 an hour part time with no benefits to be put to work cleaning up the city, planting community gardens, doing minor repair work on public buildings (ie. new gutters on Stambaugh Golf course).

Even if the drug dealers and users don't participate in the program, seeing hundreds of people on the street cleaning up the neighborhoods is going to greatly reduce the opportunity to commit crimes without being witnessed.

The justification for paying $10 is the encourage participation, part time is to make it easy for them to participate at their convenience and to prevent those that are on public assistance from losing their long term assistance, and no benefits is because this will a temporary program.

Lets be real people this is just Youngstown we don't have the power to fix the economy or make drugs legal on a national level (which is what it would take to get the benefits of reduced usage and reduced crime). We need to focus on the community level to address the problem and the whole reason we are having this increase in violent crime is due to a lack of money in the area.

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29oneofakind(4 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Are all you people who comment on here from Youngstown,Ohio?Don't just post a comment,DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!!! Stop the crime.I had a loved one gunned down 10 years ago in Youngstown.They never found the shooters,nor did they want to.The public needs to get involved and clean up your community.

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