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Three years later, no arrests in killings of 4



Published: Fri, January 29, 2010 @ 12:01 a.m.

The families are looking for help from the community for answers.

By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.

VINDICATOR CRIME REPORTER

  Youngstown Homicide Three Years Later

Three years ago 4 people were shot to death in a house on West Evergreen in Youngstown. So far no arrests have been made.

Three years ago 4 people were shot to death in a house on West Evergreen in Youngstown. So far no arrests have been made.

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SOMBER REMINDER: It has been three years since the shooting deaths of four people at a South Side home. Police have made no arrests, and family members of the victims still have no answers. Dasha Burley, the mother of victim Anthony Crockett, holds a picture of Crockett and his daughter, Antanasia Crockett. In the background is the vacant West Evergreen Avenue house where the shootings occurred.

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ASKING FOR HELP: Relatives of murder victims are asking the public to provide police with information leading to the arrest of the killers. The relatives are standing in front of the Evergreen Avenue home where the shootings took place. From left, De’Andre Parker, holding a picture of Danielle Parker, Dwayne Boone, LaShanda Boone and Shanell Boone, holding a picture of Marvin Boone. Danielle Parker, Marvin Boone, Anthony Crockett and Christopher Howard were killed.

LaShanda Boone looks at the house at 548 W. Evergreen Ave. in Youngstown with confusion, sadness, regret and a touch of anger.

It is a mixture of emotions brought on by the lack of information concerning the murder of her younger brother and three other people inside the house three years ago today.

The house is empty. Wood covers broken windows and unsecured doors.

The victims — Anthony M. Crockett, 23; Christopher D. Howard, 24; Marvin E. Boone, 19; and Danielle Parker, 22 — had all been found in an upstairs bedroom shot in the head and body.

Days after the shooting, police believed the murders were the result of an ongoing feud, but to date no arrests have been made.

Family members believe the case has gone cold.

“I have not talked to the detectives handling the case since 2007,” Boone said. “Nobody has said anything, made any phone calls or anything. This has basically been swept under the rug, and that’s not fair. There are still questions to be asked.”

Capt. Rod Foley, chief of detectives, said detectives still consider the case open, however, and they are actively pursuing leads. He said calls concerning the murders still come in occasionally producing new information.

Foley said police welcome any additional information from the public. Call the department at (330) 747-7911. Any information received will be directed to Detective Daryl Martin at the police department, he added.

Boone said the family has heard myriad unofficial reasons for the murders being discussed by members of the community, but nothing concrete or given credence by police.

She worries that those responsible for the shootings live close by — possibly interacting with the victims’ families on a daily basis.

Brenda Parker said it has been a three-year wait to apprehend those responsible, and she asked how they could be so cruel.

Danielle Parker was found in a corner of the house curled in a fetal position.

Parker said there is not a day that goes by that she still does not think about her daughter and the circumstances surrounding her death. For mental stability, however, she said she has “to pretend these people don’t exist.”

Parker said she is left feeling as if no one cares about the death of her child.

“I am still sad. I miss her. I still cry, and it’s discouraging that they have not found anyone. I just feel like they don’t care. That may not be true, but that’s how I feel,” she said.

Family members say they are watching the children of those killed grow older with no answers to questions about their parents’ deaths. Parker’s granddaughter is now 8.

LaShanda Boone said her brother has a child he never had the opportunity to meet. A woman he had been dating found out she was pregnant mere weeks after the murders.

LaVette Boone, mother of Marvin Boone, wants answers that she believes the public can provide. She is begging those in the community who know something about the murders to come forward.

“I do not come bitter or angry. I forgive the perpetrators, but it has been three years of basically silence concerning this matter. We are not silent on the matter, just patient. This could have been your son, daughter, mother or father,” she said.

LaShanda Boone said any murder, regardless of the person involved, should be given top priority by police and the community. That, she said, is the only way to decrease the city’s murder rate.

“If more murders were treated like this situation with the elderly lady [Angeline Fimognari] just recently murdered, there would be less murders,” she said.

jgoodwin@vindy.com


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1bigmamma4383(16 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

that is a shame that the family cant even get justice that is wrong that the police cant find anything they need to get on there job and find out who did this

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2woolyd(579 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

With all due respect to Miss Boones last comment I have to disagree. If Miss Fimognaris murder isnt solved in the next few weeks it will also be swept under the rug. It is a truly sad situation what Youngstown has going on. They need a cold case unit to constantly keep these cases alive and continue to keep the memory of these people alive.No matter their lifestyle these murders need to be investigated daily.

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3woolyd(579 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Bigmamma if nobody aint got the balls to talk their is only so much the police can do. The black community neds to step up and help with these crimes afterall its their community which is effected first and foremost.

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4Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

“If more murders were treated like this situation with the elderly lady [Angeline Fimognari] just recently murdered, there would be less murders,” she said.

I hope they catch the animals that did this, but I also don't agree with this comment as woolyd mentioned to. And if I was this family, I would keep on the YPD everyday, not 3 years later. Be a thorn in there side and be persistence. Keep calling till you get some answers, not wait after 3 years. 2007 - I would've been on them since day one.

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5joebag09(267 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

You can stay on YPD's back from now until doomsday....the police can only do so much....without help from the community and people talking, these cases, like their victims, will die! As much as I've seen the black community react in situations like Rev.King and Rodney King, I don't understand why they are all so complacent when there is so much black on black crime. Your families are dying and from what I can see, it's the life you live and you just don't care! It's so sad??

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6UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Black on black drug related crime is a major problem in Y-town. It's never gonna change until the black community changes it's family moral values and lift themselves out of poverty by getting educated then getting a good job because of the education. I don't see that happening anytime soon - do you?

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7mikeymike(469 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Miss Boone,I'm sorry for your loss.The problem is the black community has a mind set of,don't snitch,the police can't do it without help from the black community.People were out there talking but no one came forward.Until the black community of Youngstown starts to cooperate with the police,its sad to say,there will be more unsolved murrders of blacks.

The reason the Angline Fimognari murder got the attention it did,the white community was and still is outraged,and the police,mayor and the city has pressure on them to solve it.Thats what the black community must do,or you never will catch the killers.

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8bob041(20 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

unsolved murders need to be solved black or white.the reason that angline fimognari murder has got so much attention is that is was 80yrs old and leaving church at 8:30 in the morning

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9Mrex(2 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

My parents home in Youngstown was robbed last year in the early spring when there was still snow on the ground. The perpetrator left footprints that led directly from the their back door, which was kicked in, to the back door of a home behind their house. YPD showed up questioned the individual then said they couldn't do anything about it. They basically said to chalk it up as a mystery. The footprints literally went directly to his door!?!?!?!?! No arrests were ever made.

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10Attis(922 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

For years these neighborhoods have been redlined by banks and turned into wastelands spilling out red blood almost daily. While driving on Market Street and Glenwood avenue yesterday I noticed young, black, hooded men with backpacks talking on cellphones on just about every other corner, but saw no cops until getting into Boardman. Bizarre.

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11woolyd(579 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

JACKASS we all should care whether its drug related or not. The fact of the matter is that 4 people were murdered and the murderer is still at large unless there has been a retaliation murder. But your comments are very ignorant and hopefully noone in your family ever gets killed but if they do "who cares" right?

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12DirtForce_1(40 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

I agree with paul, however, how long have the vacant homes been standing in Youngstown. We can't get the HUD money as the Mayor does not have a staff that knows how to fill out the proper paperwork to get it. It is up to the people of the black community to get off the couch and do something about their own problems and help with the crime situation here. If not, do us all a favor and get out so this town can be rebuilt.

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13woolyd(579 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Well I was looking back at other unsolved murders and there was the case of Charles Lynch. Lynch murdered a man in broad daylight and 3 witnesses to that crime were murdered before he went to trial. Paul Gains at the time made statements that his office doesnt have the resources to protect witnesses and that they should relocate out the area themselves if they are fearful. Could this admission possibly also be the reason why many do not wish to talk to the police?

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14knucles518(39 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Just another prime example of the gang war going on in Youngstown Ohio. Any questions just look at the colors

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15SemperTyrannis(49 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Miss Boone,I'm sorry for your loss.The problem is the black community has a mind set of,don't snitch,

How is it any different from the white community's no snitch possibly about the mob that went on here for years?

Store fronts were blown up; people's cars were bombed; legitimate businesses were compromised. And nobody ever knew anything. That's why the FBI was eventually brought in.

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16mikeymike(469 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Semper Tyrannis the mob didn't rob and kill innocent people,they killed each other.You are correct in the fact that they shook down business owners,for so called protection,but you are comparing apples to oranges.When is the last time a mobster killed an elderly woman in a church parking lot.

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17SemperTyrannis(49 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Mikeymike,

In 1962 the mob blew up "Cadillac Charlie" Cavallaro's car, killing him and his 11 year old son. To me, that's even worse than killing an old woman. His 12 year old son survived, but he was maimed.

Charlie's wife refused to cooperate and never spoke to police about the hit.

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18mikeymike(469 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Black thugs terrorizing the entire city of Youngstown is not the same.The mob isn't picking on people,robbing people,killing people.Yes sometimes ,an innocent victim was hurt by the mob,but black out of control thugs are terrorizing,entire neighbor hoods.

I was never afraid to leave my house when,I lived in Youngstown,now you can't even drive down Market St.

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19Nunya22(315 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

It's not just young black people terrorizing the area it's a mixture of other racial backgrounds doing wrong as well to. Alot of crimes are going not reported as well.

The no snitching thing is not only in the black community it's in everyones. Why because people are afraid to speak it's not just some black thing.

For example look at that poor elderly woman who was murdered no members from the church that I know of except for their pastor/priest spoke about that woman on what type of person she was because they are scared.

There need to be more places for kids to go so they are not just hanging out on the streets or making some babies.

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20Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

" we need to require daily prayer in our schools and teach moral principles."

It isn't going to happen ! The public has tasted the freedom free of any rules and there is no stopping their appetite now . Only when they tire of doing drugs and killing each other will there be any change . Mainstream society will continue to be expected to pick up the pieces .

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21Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

.......and allow God back in our schools and public places. seriously, it is the only way out of all our problems (to let God in)."

There was a senior girl from Hubbard not to long ago, that wouldn't stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance or want to say God, it's the kids today (and even the 21-35 year olds), they have no morals and no understanding. All they care about is drugs,getting high,loud music,underwear showing,not working, and a attitude they just don't give a sh@#. that the world owes them and there going to get what they want by taking it from someone rather then earning it. It's a shame but it's reality and it can't be ignored or it's only going to get worse.

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22Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Say the lord's prayer? In a country where the most segregated hour of the week is during church on a Sunday, that's ridiculous. Christianity in this country is still in the Jim Crow era.

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23phenombelle(1 comment)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

i agree with her one hundred percent...for one if all murders was treated like Mrs Angeline Fimognari she'll still be alive today. the person that probably murdered her is the person that is probably going around killing people. we need to get these animals off the streets. everyones family is in danger in the youngstown area. we had little kids shot, old people, woman, and etc. it's ashame because now the innocent is getting hurt in this mess. that person that killed that elderly lady will kill anyone, even the handicap. its a shame.

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24Aware(222 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Per WKBN/Fox: They have a suspect. Now if all of you would like to look up ALL names listed in this article, do so at Mahoning County Justice. Nice people. All but 2 have extensive records ranging from assault, drug trafficking, weapons and even prison. This poor woman attended church and was attacked for no reason. She has no record and was innocent. The police did not have her on file. I hope this coward animal gets the death penalty. Keep your eyes open and make sure there is a fair trial. No plea. Burn the slimeball. Attacking an 80 year old? Sounds different than a killing for drugs, huh?

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25oneofakind(4 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

LaShanda Boone,I hope this comment reaches you.First of all,I'm so very sorry for your loss.I live in PA and 10 years ago my friend was killed in younngstown.No arrest ever made.He was gunned down like a animal!!! I have read all articles and nothing makes sense to me.It has been ten years and I will never give up.I am afraid,I think there are many corrupt things over there.I wish to speak to you,maybe we can help each other.God Bless

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26oneofakind(4 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Hi,this has nothing to do with race.I've read these comments and have to disagree.It doesn't matter if it's a white man or black.The whole thing comes down to the police investigation.Don't question the black or white,question the investigation!!!

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27oneofakind(4 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

La Shonda,please try to hire your own private investigator.I know it takes money,hold a benefit to raise money.I wish I could find a answer to a homicide of my beloved friend ten years ago.I will never give up,someone knows something.It may take my whole life to search but I will never give up.

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28starofesther(168 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

(Prov 15:3 KJV) The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Nothing safe about secret sin ..see link what the Lord says... Praying who did this is found out..
Esther Wild Fire From Heaven Ministries

http://www.biblebb.com/files/MAC/jm-2...

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