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16-year-old shot and killed on South Avenue in Youngstown

Published: Sun, June 19, 2011 @ 5:36 p.m.

Staff report


Sixteen-year-old Brandon Adkins was shot in the back and killed at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday on South Avenue in the city.

Youngstown police have questioned witnesses but said Sunday afternoon there are no known suspects. Adkins death, if ruled a homicide by the Mahoning County coroner, would be the sixth murder of 2011 to date compared to 13 as of June 19 in 2010.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


1Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years ago

It is called B town

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Yea, the subculture is impressed by V-GRIP . Life has no meaning to the culture . The summer is just starting and we may have a bumper crop of killings before it is over .

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3Rockabilly(93 comments)posted 5 years ago

@The Vindy

You should take this blog down now before the locals express their opinions and delight for this young man's death. I know it makes them feel better but I hate thinking what his family and friends have to go through because of the jerks that comment here.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Rockabilly :

No use condemning these killings and pushing for the city to clean up the SouthSide, RIGHT ? So you don't want to clean up the culture ? With friends that gun you down you don't need any enemies .

Jay has a plan . . ..


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5Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years ago


"You should take this blog down now before the locals express their opinions and delight for this young man's death. "

Delight in a young man's death? Your a sick one. Once again this isn't the place or article to say ones condolences (Their is a place and time for that), this is a article about a young man shot in the back on South Ave, and the violence and shooting and killings that happen in our community. It's hoping the useless mayor or useless police chief (that can't retire soon enough) hopefully reads and sees how upset the community is about this senseless, useless killings. Is that so hard to comprehend?

"I know it makes them feel better but I hate thinking what his family and friends have to go through because of the jerks that comment here."

Family and Friends and the rest of the community should be mourning is death instead of reading comments on a newspaper article. If he was my friend the LAST place I would be on is a newspaper site complaining about comments. Is that so hard to understand?

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Brandon Adkins myspace page . . ..


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7mauzy006(14 comments)posted 5 years ago


Once again as ytou sit behind the safety of your computer in that big beautiful glass house of yours where everyday is sunny and it never rains as you continue to judge those of whom you will never know, ever thought about 75% of the money made from selling drugs in order to fund these criminal enterprises comes from the suburbs your kids, friends, family and co-workers so maby if you teach the same morals and family values in that glass house of yours that you swear all black youth lack then maby the little terrorist wouldn't be able to purchase the things that are destroying the community, geesh what an idiot!

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8UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years ago

Stan - just another wonderful display of the lack of family moral values in the African American Youngstown community!

I feel so sad for these kids brought up in poverty with no education or two parents and being taught no values except those of living by the gun and doing the drug trade.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

I have been preaching about the culture for a long time . I have been up close to the culture . I have a full understanding of the support it gets . Joe Kaluza is reminded everyday of his brush with the culture . He is the victim and not those in prison for robbing and shooting him . Jamar Houser is looked upon as the victim by the culture . Angeline Fimognari is viewed as simply the means of persecuting him . Her death means nothing to them . Now we have a young Brandon Adkins shot in the back and killed . His killer will also be viewed as a victim when and if caught . I repeat again to the mentally challenged that the SouthSide is a killing field . It is way past time to erradicate the culture and restore morality back to the souls on the SouthSide . Job generation will set a foundation for success in doing so . I would like to see a furniture factory started there to get the ball rolling . The ones operating in the Carolinas should be contacted to expand to Youngstown .

Jay does have a plan . . ..


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10piak(508 comments)posted 5 years ago


It also has to do with morality as you well know. Finding work for people isn't the only solution. Most jobs won't pay in a year what a drug dealer can make in a month.

Your comments about the drug "culture" are right on. LosersNeverWin is right that a STRONG concerted effort to put a halt to this senseless killing and injuring of people needs to be made. But in the end, the "culture" will not change unless the people want it to. Just wanting it to, "seeing nothiing that happened" and hand wringing won't end it.

Changing of the culture of death is a conscious choice. In the Old Testament, God urged His people to choose life. Apparently, whatever faith they have (or don't have), they've chosen other than life.

Defending this culture is idiotic! It needs to be called what it is and active steps need to be taken. It's really another form of terrorism.

Maybe we can get a couple SEAL teams into the southside.

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11Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Changing the culture can only be done in steps . These steps need a foundation . Productivity could start with a furniture plant . The plants in the Carolinas are a good model . Next comes morality . High rollers living in Canfield feeding off the collection plate may not have the will or offer the guidence to morality . Living in the hood and watching over the flock just may be the answer .

Does Jay have a plan ? Yep !


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12Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years ago


"Job generation will set a foundation for success in doing so."

The problem with that is "They have NO desire to work", only steal and rob what is not theres, not to mention dealing drugs. How many young black men do you see working anywhere? Next time your out and such try to notice this. It's amazing. And what really boggles the mind is the cars they drive, the stereos blasting, the money they flash, the clothes they wear, the stupid bluetooth in there ears (they really that important) the jewelry and such. It's not rocket science to know how they get the money. And until the public gets control of the drug dealings (by any means possible) it's only going to get worse. Really sad.

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13Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Given a choice of jobs or jail they are free to choose . The city doesn't have the fortitude to strip the drug dealers of their assets or freedom . The Feds are needed to accomplish this . A total cleanup is long past due .

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14Rockabilly(93 comments)posted 5 years ago


Out from under your rock. It's kind of ironic that you consider yourself the moral authority of the valley. When I read who comments on Vindy I would put your name at the top of the list of whose crawl space should be searched.

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15Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Rockabilly :

Due to your responce I would venture to say that you fully support the culture and are deeply rooted with it .

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16walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 5 years ago

You are 100% correct. There is no self-respect among those that choose this lifestyle. And, it is most sincerely, their choice. But, the standard response is that they can't raise a family on a minimum wage job. Then, why start a family? This is what happens when you give people money and expect nothing in return. We are talking about bad people; it has nothing to do if jobs are available or not. Our federal govt. has totally destroyed the "family" concept in this country by perpetuating the nanny state.

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17Bsummers(1 comment)posted 5 years ago

RIP Brandon Adkins. I'll miss you man.

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