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Man, 75, shot to death in city

Published: Sun, September 26, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

Staff report


Police are investigating the killing 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 St., 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.


1fess2it(30 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I had the pleasure to be the Repchics neighbors and they were wonderful people and would always lend someone a helping hand. Even though we live on the South Side they had a beautiful home and kept up neighbors properties too. No one ever had a bad word to say about them. Whoever did this is a coward and needs the death sentence.

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Memo to Lt. Mercer, who Louie Free thinks is saving the city from violent crime: It isn't the small bars left in the city that harbor the scum that committed this crime, it's the ENTIRE city that harbors these people. By the way Lt. Mercer, what time did this murder take place?

Hey Mayor Williams time to hold another prayer breakfast and call the state highway patrol in to the city to issue traffic citations.

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3RL330(2 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Anyone opposed to bringing the Klan back? Let them patrol the streets of Youngstown, maybe these animals will have some fear then.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 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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5woolyd(579 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

RL330 u must be a dumbass they dont have respect for anybody. I would condone the Black Panthers as a more suitable idea.

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6ahuh(1 comment)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I grew up in y-town we lived on the north side it was entirely different then as was the south side at one time. The problem today is poor education, kids being the product of their environment their attitude is why go work for min. wage when I can sell drugs on a street corner and make 10 X what I'd make working. How sad and the hard working decent people whether white,black Hispanic etc who's income may not allow them to live in Poland or canfield even board man have to live where they can afford. These people did not deserve to be shot down like a dog. I think some of these other countries have the right idea you steal they cut off your hand you kill you don't get a trial they just shot you in the head right there.. justice for all? yep works for me..

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7app68(22 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I hate to see people fighting over an issue that they both feel they are right about,when the real problem is what happen to these people and i bet the mayor,police,and the judges that let these people back out on the street are reading it it there big comfy homes with two new cars sitting in the drive-way.Don't fight against each other,take the fight to the people that we pay to make sure we all have a safe place to live,where ever it might be.

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8Heartland(38 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Lombardo has 440 comments all negative. Look at upstate NY. It's been Republican controlled forever and all they have are prison jobs. It's not about the failures of Dems or Repubs. It's about the failure of capitalism that leaves so many behind. Did you notice the bailout of capitalism?

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Far too many generations have known only welfare . The have no incentive to work and contribute . The productive are taxed to the limit to sustain the welfare crowd and are then hated, robbed and killed by them . NO MORE HANDOUTS ! MAKE THEM WORK FOR WHAT THEY GET !

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10mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Once this scum is caught, you will see that he/ they have criminal records. Violence is out of control because our justice system is broken. Too many backroom deals let the criminals back on the streets. Don't tell me about overcrowding in the jails and don't tell me about the rights of the criminals. What about the rights of the victims?? A weak city administration is also a problem because the criminals have no fear. It's not just Y-town, its everywhere. You have to instill fear in the scumbags of the world and justice has to be swift and harsh. Please remember this familly in your prayers.

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11pindrop(21 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

RL330 (only 1 comment)... go back to your cave and beat your wife.

Many constructive criticisms here for this article. However the fact remains that these idiots do not fear the Youngstown Police or the Mahoning County Sheriff (and for good reason).

These thugs were probably trying to stop someone from talking thus protecting another useless, incomprehensible ideal.

We need Judge Dred !!! Any volunteers ? Man-up and hold your arms with pride.

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

When it comes time time to bring these killers in I trust that YPD is up to the task and doesn't allow for any errors to jeopardize their lives . Doing this crime in broad daylight on a major street shows that they have no fear of the police .

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13Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago


Seems you like to collect pictures of ghettos (why, I have no clue) but take a gander of these......ghettos are not just in Y-town... you realize I hope there are other cities in the good ole USA with ghettos, you have to expand your simple mind a little...







and on and on and on....

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14kensgirl(1046 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I grew up walking to St. Dom's to school in the sixties. It was a beautiful neighborhood- the safest you could be in. Never any crime. It breaks my heart to see low lives take over that or any other area of that once beautiful city. Truth is I HAD to move when I heard gunshots outside my son's bedroom one night. And we lived one street away from the Boardman line! Anything North of Rt. 224 is unsafe anymore. The houses around St. Dom's are atrocious!! They are beyond repair. I say level the whole area, put all the low lives in prison then rebuild. Anything short of this will fail.

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15cromwell72(1 comment)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I think there is no hope left for Youngstown. Sorry if the truth hurts. Look at what is going on, what the city looks like, what happens each and every day. Nothing is getting any better. The thugs and criminals run rampant, it is akin to the wild west if you ask me. The ENTIRE city is blighted and decaying, it is dying a slow and odorous death.
I had the good sense to leave last year though unfortunately my elderly parents and sister stayed on hoping things will improve.
People who tout "be part of a solution", "get involved" should really take a moment to think. I tried. Many of my friends tried. We kept our home clean and neat, we were quiet and respectful. We lived on the south side. But what were the thanks for those efforts. Condoms left in our yard used. Trash always thrown on our lawn. Neighbors blaring music three and four in the morning. A shooting the day of my sons wedding. Our neighbors house was robbed twice in a month and a half.
It is too late now. Decent people cannot even attend a church and worship without worry and that is sad.
Having majored in economics and social service I can tell you that there are way too many people sucking the fat off our tax money having kid after kid we all end up paying for. Young punks who think they can live off others hard work and get a free ride. Sorry folks that's the way it is. AND, these punks get older and we STILL pay and pay. The truth is the truth.
Youngstown needs a good plan to delete the blight, attract the kind of folks who will be a credit to the city, and LEADERSHIP that makes sense and has a clear vision to make the dump a garden again.
I think this couple should be in our prayers and so should all those in every part of Youngstown. It is not a directional problem. Youngstown North, South, East and West is on a slippery slope of crime, disease, and blight.
Whoever did this crime should suffer the same death. It is atrocious!!!!!

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16gbop(1 comment)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I have a feeling, from growing up in the same neighborhood and attending Cardinal Mooney with the kids of this family, that this shooting was in some way, retaliation to the MURDER of their son several years ago. Everyone will soon know the details and it will be thanks to our YPD and their investigation...

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17southsidedave(5185 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Lifes2Short -

Thanks for the links and I do agree with your assessment of ghettoes, they exist in virtually every city. Unfortunately, it appears that some people do not understand that.

Our society has become indifferent and less caring, particularly toward senior citizens. It is difficult to imagine people being killed as they leave church.

The punks that committed this heinous crime most likely were high on drugs, or seeking quick cash to get high.

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18rach(1 comment)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

There are far to many murders. I beleive there should be harsher punishment. And I don't mean letting murders sit in prison, so they can get free medical, schooling and food. I beleive in an eye for an eye. If there are more death sentences, I think maybe they would think twice. They are not afraid to go to prison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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19MFC997(261 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

As one of the posters stated I too remember their son Thom who was killed about 20+ yrs ago ... went to Mooney with him. What I don't understand is why would they reataliate against the parents when it was THEIR son who was murdered. It doesn't make sense.

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20Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The criminals don't fear law enforcement let alone a poorly trained citizen with a handgun . Many of these criminals carry AK47's .

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21starofesther(168 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Pray and fight back!

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22starofesther(168 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Romans 2:6 (New International Version)

6God "will give to each person according to what he has done."

We have free will...Some Think....They can get away with Murder but The Almighty God know who you are.....

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