Police seek public’s help in investigating city’s 10th, 11th homicides of 2011
By Denise Dick
Two men, age 56 and 19, became the city’s 10th and 11th homicide victims of 2011 Saturday.
Police were called about 3:45 a.m. to Wirt Street and Alameda Avenue on the North Side for a report of gunfire coming from a white house where people had fled and a red sport-utility vehicle had left the driveway.
When they arrived, they found the front door open at 1091 Wirt and two people lying on the floor inside.
Jasmon Reeder, 19, of Superior Street, was found dead, lying on his side with a gunshot to the head.
Oscar Teague, 56, who lived at the Wirt Street home, had been shot in the back. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he later died.
Police found no witnesses.
“There are some things that we’re working on and trying to run down,” said Capt. Rod Foley, chief of the detective division.
The Wirt Street house was known for drug activity, he said.
“There are two people who are possible witnesses that we’re trying to track down,” Foley said. “As of right now, there’s not a lot to work on.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 330-746-CLUE (2583).
“They can stay anonymous and be eligible for a reward if information leads to an arrest,” the captain said.
Both victims had previous run-ins with the law.
Mahoning County court records show that Reeder was sentenced in March to three years’ probation after pleading guilty and being convicted of receiving stolen property and cocaine possession.
The records show that Teague’s criminal history dates to the early 1990s, and in 2006 he was sentenced to a year in prison for complicity to breaking and entering.
The deaths mark the city’s second and third homicides in two days and the 10th and 11th for the year.
Early Friday, Doris Wellington, 44, was strangled to death in her Knapp Avenue home on the East Side. Her husband, Daniel Wellington, 55, is charged with voluntary manslaughter and is in Mahoning County jail.
By this time last year, Youngstown had 15 homicides.