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Elderly man killed, wife wounded near South Side Annex



Originally Published: 09:18 p.m., September 25, 2010 and  Updated 10:37 p.m., September 25, 2010

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Police are investigating the slaying of an elderly man during a drive-by shooting Saturday afternoon on the city’s South Side.

Investigators say the man, Thomas J. Repchic, 75, and his wife, Jacqueline A. Repchic, 74, were driving near Market Street and Southern Boulevard, when someone in a red Dodge Durango opened fire, killing him and wounding his wife.

Six to 12 shots were fired at the couple’s Cadillac around 1 p.m., according to police reports.

When police arrived, the vehicle was on the sidewalk against a bench in front of 2801 Market Street, the city’s South Side Annex building.

Jacqueline Repchic was shot in the lower part of her body and taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center. Her condition has not been released.

Police said it appears the couple might have been targeted. The case has been sent to the detective division.

Reports have said just before the shooting, the couple left nearby St. Dominic Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave., where they are members.

The church parking lot was the site of the murder of an 80-year-old woman last January.

Saturday’s killing is the 17th homicide to occur in the city this year, less than a week after the murder of Vivian Martin, a Realtor who was strangled, then burned in a Nelson Avenue home last Monday.

At this time last year, 21 homicides had been recorded in Youngstown.

Police had no suspects as of late Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Youngstown police non-emergency number at 330-742-7911.


Comments

1Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

V-GRIP sure has the city under control .

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2georgejeanie(731 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

What a great city to call home. I hope I never have to call this place home again.

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3Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

My prayers and condolences go out to Thomas J. Repchics family and friends and that is wife makes a fast recovery.
Now to catch these non-human animals that have no business being alive.

georgejeanie

"What a great city to call home. I hope I never have to call this place home again."

Yep, only Y-town huh? And where is your paradise with no crime or violence? Fantasy Land?

read the news.....

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/20...

http://www.secretsofthecity.com/mnspe...

http://theblackbottom.com/?p=5374

http://www.topix.net/forum/city/westp...

http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2010/07/k...

and on and on and on........

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4IDontUnderstand(1 comment)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

What do we need to do to take our city back? This happened in broad daylight. We need to take back control!

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5maxi(71 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

When will this end?

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6Rosewood11(9 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

My prayers are with Mr. & Mrs. Repchic and with the people of St.Dominic's Parish. What a horror!!!

Mr. Mayor, this will be your second trip to St. Dominic's for the funeral of elderly victims, who can't even go to church in peace and safety. Don't you think it's time you did something to protect decent people--of all colors? God help anyone who has to live in that area.

May God have mercy on those who did this--because I most certainly wouldn't!!!

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71970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

This is one of those stories that just seems like it isn't really possible. It is mind numbing.

You can be certain when the SCUM who did this are caught, one of their idiot relatives will be on tv saying "But he is really a good kid, he just got mixed up in the wrong crowd ....." or something similarly stupid.

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8UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Time for the citizens loaded up with shotguns in the back of pickup trucks to patrol the city of Ytown since the YPD & Mayor Jay can't seem to do the job. You can't even go to church these days without getting shot and killed. These black hoodlum gangstas have to go and there appears to be only one way to get rid of them - shoot them to death like they do the church goers.

Meanwhile the Bishop needs to close St. Dominics and move all the parishes outside the city for the Catholics safety..

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9Rosewood11(9 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Dear Life2Short and All,
I agree with your assessment of the current state of affairs in other cities. I even lived the tragedy that is Flint, Michigan ( http://theblackbottom.com/?p=5374 ) --a city to which Youngstown is compared far too frequently. Isn't it interesting that the Youngstown school system sent representatives to learn from the Flint Community schools--so they can create for us here just such a pit of h*ll as Flint was 40 years ago and continues to become.

But I digress. In all of those URLs, I didn't find a single reference to someone being murdered on their way to or from church or (God help us!!!) in the church parking lot within spitting distance of the back door. In that sense, Youngstown goes all these other cities "one better." I hurt for the people of St. Dominic's, my former church. I was up much of the night trying to picture who was in that Cadillac which I've seen many times. Youngstown disgusts me.

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10starofesther(168 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Once they hear of drive by ..then it transfers People that do the shooting break the Ten Commandments ...Thou Shall Not Kill and promote Fear They will answer and it does have to stop....

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11Attis(829 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

This man and his wife, wonderful symbols of a former Youngstown that worked and worshipped, were brutally attacked/murdered by the diabolical forces of today's Youngstown who neither work nor worship. The location of the murder, outside a building responsible for corrupt elections, shows just how closely crimes in the streets and crimes in the suites are connected.

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Let's review the facts . Angeline Fimognari was killed at St. Dominics on January 23, 2010 . Thomas Repchic was killed right after he left St. Dominics on September 25, 2010 . Both were white and members of St. Dominic's Parish . Jamar Houser who killed Angeline Fimognari was a black man . The killer of Thomas Repchic has not yet been apprehended but I would assume that he is black . What motive could they have for killing white members of St. Dominics ?

This last killing may be in retaliation for the imprisonment of Jamar Houser . During the course of Jamar's trial will we see more retaliation ? What if he gets the death sentence ?

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13woolyd(579 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

With that thinking Stan then could we possibly assume that Vivian Martin was killed by those whites in retaliation for Angelines death? Im not sure therefore i dont want to hint at race motivated killings. UNION Martins killers werent "black hoodlum gangstas"

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

woolyd :

"With that thinking Stan then could we possibly assume that Vivian Martin was killed by those whites in retaliation for Angelines death?"

Vivian Martin was killed in a robbery for material gain . Thomas Repchic was killed for ?

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15Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Brown :

The people that gunned down the couple were educated very well to hate . I'm sure that the red Dodge Durango would be capable of transporting the shooter to any area of The Valley that he decided to go looking for victims . Here is a novel idea . Why not just capture and execute these killers ? Operation clean sweep should be cut loose across The Valley !

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16jrolley325(775 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

probably homeboys of jamar houser trying to eliminate witnesses.

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17howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

In this economic climate, I would seriously consider the possibility of a hired killer. There are lots of drug addicts in this town that for a few hundred dollars for their habit would do anything.

Who stand to gain the most money or property from the deaths of this couple, and what is the current financial situation of that person.

I am not saying this is what happened, its just a potential motive.

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18mooneyhigh(7 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

very sad story

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19rgp2585(62 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Enough is enough. All collections at the Catholic parishes ( non - Catholics can contribute as well) go to a our own crime stoppers fund headed by the"concerned" family members of the two families affected and others and let the word get out ..sadly-cash money still talks in Y-town. Only way to handle .....i did not know Mr. Repchic but May He Rest in Peace especially after those responsible are caught and given a "similar sentence"!!!!

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20shutyourface(246 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Very sad story. The South has been this bad for a long time. Most that happens gets swept under the rug. It's a war zone for sure and most that are doing these acts are teenagers. Whoever made the comment about citizens arming themselves that's a good idea but not going over there or moving is a much better idea.

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21Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

rosewood11

"In that sense, Youngstown goes all these other cities "one better."

What about these cities?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/...

http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyw...

http://www.goldtalk.com/forum/showthr...

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/03...

http://www.bahamasissues.com/showthre...

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?sec...

http://wjz.com/local/churches.murder....

and on and on and on......

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22Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Many of us gave the warning that the SouthSide was out of control . V-GRIP ignored this area and wasted their time in petty traffic stops elsewhere with marginal success . A massive sting operation on the SouthSide would have brought the roaches into view and out of the shadows . BTW, where are the state resources to help us ? Oh, I forgot ! Governor Strickland is busy looking for votes .

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23justsayin(42 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

@lifes2short

2008 FBI Uniform Crime Report for cities between 60,000-100,000 people:

Murders per 100,000 people

1. 70.9 Camden, NJ
2. 51.2 Gary, IN
3. 39.8 Youngstown, OH

You can post links all day long that try to divert attention, but you are still faced with the overwhelming problems right here in Youngstown. Maybe the thugs can try harder and achieve a #2 or a #1.

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24magstr(7 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I think it is time that Yo streets are patrolled 24/7. Honest tax paying citizens are not safe in their homes, cars, or their churches. What would happen if everyone would leave Yo? Where would the tax dollars come from to pay for the very ineffective safety forces that are now in place?

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25TheLostPatrol(748 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

So far in 2010, Canton, OH has ZERO homicides. Both Youngstown and Canton are of similar population and demographics.

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26Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

@ justsaying

""2008 FBI Uniform Crime Report for cities between 60,000-100,000 people:

And you know when you go to the FBI site (also other stats that compare city to city) they give this disclaimer on there reports:
(2nd and 3rd sentences are what I'm trying to say)

Caution Against Ranking

"""Each year when Crime in the United States is published, some entities use reported figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, or region. Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment."""

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/about...

And btw did you know that Flint, MI has 48 murders so far this year and Wilmington, DA has 19, and on and on and on....

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27Rosewood11(9 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Censoredship wrote in # 31:
Believe me, if these were Muslims attacking Catholics at church there would be violent response from the Catholics. But since it's the poor black liberal brothers the church leaders are perplexed.

HowardinYoungstown wrote in # 21:
In this economic climate, I would seriously consider the possibility of a hired killer. There are lots of drug addicts in this town that for a few hundred dollars for their habit would do anything.
Who stand to gain the most money or property from the deaths of this couple, and what is the current financial situation of that person.
I am not saying this is what happened, its just a potential motive.

Dear Censoredship and All,
Who indeed stands to benefit if St. Dominic's would be closed by the Youngstown Diocese? The Diocese would surely sell the church property. To whom did they sell St. Dominic's School? I would suggest you Google Horizon Concept Schools and their founder, the Turkish imam, Fethullah Gulen, and the type of "science" they teach. Or their ties with the Obama administration. Then consider that the present mosque in Youngstown used to be St. Matthias Church. Youngstown'istan? You ain't seen nuthin' yet.

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28Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

@ justsayin

"You can post links all day long that try to divert attention, but you are still faced with the overwhelming problems right here in Youngstown."

Did I ever say in any of my posts that crime is not a issue in Youngstown? But simple minded people think it's only in YOUNGSTOWN.

Of the 17 homicides in the city to date except for respectfully the murders of Thomas J. Repchic, Vivian Martin and Angelina Fimognari, how many were black on black, drug related, gang related, domestic, boyfriend/girlfriend? And how many were offered a reward of the 17? 2?
If the fools want to kill themselves over such petty things then let them. But when the cold heartless pieces of filthy trash scum that murder INNOCENT people for no reason whatsoever then that is a major problem and Y-town is not the only city with this issue and that is were the leaders of a city have to make a stand and be tough on these lowlife animals that don't deserve to breathe.

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29boardmanres(40 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Horrible news. Time to institute martial law. My mind reels at all this terrible news of the last few days.
I am keeping my eyes open for a Durango with tinted windows.
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30howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I would propose a mandatory background checks and a 3 day waiting period to purchase any firearm and restrict gun sales to registered gun dealers (no more garage sales, flea markets, and pawn shops selling guns). In addition a door to door countywide search and seizure of all non registered guns; but I know that all of the fear mongering gun loving suburbanites would raise a big stank about that one.

So I guess we'll all have to live with shootings in our neighborhoods

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31woolyd(579 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Stan I am only saying that we shouldnt assume race to be involved

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