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Published: Mon, September 27, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams issued a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the shooting death Saturday of Thomas J. Repchic. The mayor is offering a reward of up to $10,000. Suspects are believed to have been driving an older model, red Dodge Durango, like this one. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers, an anonymous tip line, at (330) 746-2583, or the Youngstown Police Department at (330) 742-8921.

Notice of reward

Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams issued a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the shooting death Saturday of Thomas J. Repchic, 75.

The mayor is offering a reward of up to $10,000.

Suspects are believed to have been driving an older- model, red Dodge Durango.

Anyone found assisting the person or people responsible also will be prosecuted.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers, an anonymous tip line, at 330 746-2583, or the Youngstown Police Department at 330 742-8921.

Source: The Office of the Mayor

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Father Gregory Maturi

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Youngstown City Council member Janet Tarpley

The killing of Thomas Repchic galvanizes city leaders to restore civility to the streets

By Elise Franco

By Elise Franco

efranco@vindy.com

Youngstown

Community members and elected officials want criminals to know senseless violence won’t be tolerated after another elderly resident was gunned down in broad daylight.

Thomas J. Repchic, 75, and his wife, Jacqueline A. Repchic, 74, were driving near the intersection of Philadelphia Avenue and Southern Boulevard when someone in a red Dodge Durango opened fire, killing him and wounding his wife, police said.

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

Jacqueline Repchic is in St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown. Her condition wasn’t available Sunday evening.

Family members declined to comment Sunday evening.

Mayor Jay Williams issued a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the city’s 17th homicide of 2010.

Williams said he hopes the reward will be an incentive for someone to step forward.

“Hopefully this will cause an individual with knowledge to come forward immediately. Someone knows who did this,” he said. “It’s just not something we’re going to tolerate. If the reward serves as a motivation, so be it.”

Williams said he’s sickened by Saturday’s shooting.

“The actions that transpired were absolutely reprehensible,” he said. “There’s no reason on Earth that this should have happened to two truly innocent victims.”

Reports have said just before the shooting, the couple left nearby St. Dominic Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave., where they are members. Jacqueline Repchic also answers phones in the parish office on Saturdays, said the Rev. Gregory Maturi.

The church parking lot was the site of the Jan. 23 murder of 80-year-old Angeline Fimognari.

Jamar Houser, 19, of Youngstown, is charged with aggravated murder with a death-penalty specification and aggravated robbery in that case.

Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said at this point police have no evidence linking the two crimes.

Hughes said since Saturday detectives have been actively working on pulling in leads and flushing out evidence to find those responsible for the killing.

“We have a full force out right now, and we’re working on whatever leads come in real time,” he said. “I have all the confidence that we’ll be able to identify the individuals involved and make a proper arrest.”

Father Maturi, of St. Dominic, said the entire parish is shocked that another member of the church has been killed this year.

“We’re very sad, shocked, all kinds of emotions,” he said. “This is just senseless. I can’t think of anyone who would want to hurt [them.]”

Father Maturi said though this most recent shooting didn’t happen on church property, it was close, making parishioners angry and uncomfortable.

“I want to get together with [Williams and Janet Tarpley, 6th Ward councilwoman,] because as a church we’re doing everything we can,” he said. “We’ve sunk our resources in, and now we absolutely need the city and the state to act. There’s nothing else we can do.”

Hughes said since Fimognari’s murder the department has beefed up patrols in that area.

“It’s a very sensitive area for us, and we would like to make it safer,” he said.

Tarpley said she plans to speak with the rest of the council about the crimes, blight and abandoned homes that litter the South Side.

She said everyone must be more proactive in protecting the community and its residents.

“It’s been such tragedy over the last couple of months, and we’ve not been able to be proactive in protecting our elderly in our community.” Tarpley said “People think it’s all right to prey upon the elderly and cause them death. This is happening throughout the neighborhood and has other elderly neighbors afraid.”

Father Maturi recognized the couple during Sunday’s morning masses.

“I would ask that you keep [Jacqueline] and her family in your prayers,” he said. “She’s recovering well, but sadly her husband died.”


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