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Police seek boys aged 15, 17, in Youngstown teen’s slaying

Published: Thu, June 23, 2011 @ 12:08 a.m.


By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Youngstown police now believe an argument between Brandon Adkins and two teen boys ultimately led to Adkins’ murder over the weekend.

The police and the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force are searching for the teens believed to have gunned down Adkins, 16, of East Philadelphia Avenue, on the city’s South Side.

Police issued warrants Wednesday for Rayshawn Marquise Royal, 17, and Deandre Maurice McCrary, 15, both of whom live on the South Side. The warrants charge them in the Saturday night shooting.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the teens is asked to call the police department.

Police found Adkins in the driveway of a South Avenue house surrounded by a large crowd. The Mahoning County coroner, after an autopsy, said he had been shot in the back and abdomen. He was pronounced dead by paramedics.

The police department’s Capt. Rod Foley said there is nothing in the investigation thus far to indicate any gang activity played a role in the shooting.

Foley said police believe the shooting was the direct result of an argument at a party a short distance away on Mistletoe Avenue that same evening. He said Adkins likely argued with the two suspects, and the shooting spilled over to the South Avenue home.

Detective Sgt. Dave Sweeney, lead investigator on the case, would not say if the victim or suspects are known gang members or known to police for other crimes. He would say only that anyone with knowledge of the suspects’ whereabouts should contact police and not confront them.

A resident of the South Avenue home where Adkins was found told police she was awakened by several gunshots and came downstairs to find him in the driveway.

Officers did not get a response from anyone in the crowd when they asked for witnesses. People at the scene, however, told police that Adkins had been arguing with several other males who spent time around a neighborhood store.

Sweeney said the department hopes someone comes forward with information about where police can find the suspects.

“We believe they are in the Youngstown area, but we need help from the community to find them,” he said. “We are just hoping that the public assists us.”


1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

He was a Youngstown gang member - move on Vindy - nobody cares!

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2doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Try the 2 as adults and let them meet their brothers in prison.

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3computer_rick(137 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Make you mad? Good! Now try doing something really suprising, like not living down to my expectations.

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4Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

I guess the murder of Jamail Johnson didn't even faze the 'hood. Another argument at a party late at night and another shooting/murder. They will never learn. Go figure.

"Sweeney said the department hopes someone comes forward with information about where police can find the suspects."

Good Luck with that. Their mama's are probably hiding them somewhere.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

These two young boys will be tried by our juvenile justice system . After a short stay they will be rehabilitated and allowed to be free and flourish once again . So what will have changed ? They are the product of their home life which sure isn't a culture of productivity . Jobs are needed for the hoods of Youngstown to restore them to respectability with moral culture at their core .



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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Racism ? The killers are black and the victim is black . How does racism enter into this equation ? By whites criticizing this killing ?

So, in the hood no crime is bad but the criticism of it is bad .


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7VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Hmmm...I once offered to mow down 4 week old grass to a neighbor down the road and received a rude response. In essence, I was told to mind my own business, they like their yard the way it is and go away!

This reminds me of the old addage...you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. In other words, people are all different. Some like to be just the opposite of us, and some like to be different to make us angry. The problem we face in today's society is, we are all born alike in most respects, but our environment, our surrounding and those we live with mold us into what we become. Unfortunately, the environment for many more people than we care to count is rapidly declining, and that is sad. Very sad.

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8mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Kids killing kids. Again, no fear of the law or the court system in the valley. Swift and severe justice is what's needed.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

In the hood only the strong survive . Survival tips include don't turn your back, don't be trusting and don't participate in the culture .


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10Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago


Racism???? What drugs are you on. The killers were black, the victim was black. How in the world is that racism? Because of the comments on here? Because people are sick and tired of the killings and violence? That's racism? Give it up already, everything is not racism, that's such a old and tiring excuse. Move on.

"The "no one cares" attitude is the same attitude u assume dominates the hood but as u cn clearly c it's a Ytown Culture n not a hood culture.""

It's not a Ytown Culture it's a HOOD culture. Go to any city in America and you have the good areas and bad areas, and you tell me where the worst areas are? It's not to hard to find either in any city, all you have to do is drive around a city and you will know. It's the same setup everywhere. 99.99999% of the violence comes from the hood/projects in a area. Why is that?

And by the way where is Brandon Adkins father? I haven't seen or heard from him anywhere?

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11redvert(2240 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

No, it is not "racism", it is "realism." Realism is when you look at a situation and call it for what it is, no sugar coating, no excuses.

I am one of the first to condemn the "no snitch" practice but I think that in this case some tips were given after the fact. Understand that the witnesses could not come forward at the scene because of the hood mentality. I commend those that did the right thing.

As far as where or who the father is.......

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12Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Question is,..

Where are the accompanying photo's of these suspects?

See people all throughout the community don't always know names. But they can and would be able to recognize a face[s] and whom they associate with. Where not to assume a rush to judgment and contend they're guilty. But likelihood is these individuals already have mugshots on BCI record. Mind you visuals that could be released as a call for and caution to community members to be able to identify.

Here again we have the release and dissemination of a photo of the deceased. Mind you whom poses absolutely no threat to anyone. Yet there's an alleged call upon the community and general public all throughout the united states. To actively and or cooperatively assist in spotting unknown names and visually locating some faceless suspects,.. and that's supposed to be effective?

See to just provide names is invariably useless and if not totally stupid. As those whom know these individuals are all very likely already aware that the individuals are wanted to be spoken to by law enforcement. Where for effectiveness it's those as a vast community whom don't. Which it's those throughout the state whom would need pictorial visual recognition to spot them,.. so exclude the public?

Granted at 17 and 15 age wise they're minors. However, not just the nature of enforcements interest to speak with them. To provide a picture as a suspect and not divulging priors are well within the release of information provisions.

It's much like posting ID pictures of missing persons when the public's APB cooperation is sought, needed and or requested,.. and it Works.

People throughout the community and state see people everyday. Where as it stands without visual recognition they could see these individuals all but daily and never know who they're looking at. Which makes absolutely no sense in any regard to being cautious nor in anyway able to aid law enforcement in their alleged request for the public's cooperation,.. that's imbecilic.

Hence if they're not going to provide recognition visuals. Then they may as well withhold / refrain from circulating what to the community amounts to and durably serves as irrelevant / non actionable gossip. What sense does circulating mere faceless names to a community that can't visually recognize them more when than if they see them out and about?,..

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13Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

"Where are the accompanying photo's of these suspects?"

I agree 100% what you said, BUT it's politically incorrect in today's society, even though they maybe murderers. Why do they show some Most Wanted/Wanted pics and others they don't? Love to hear the answer to that.

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Nunya :

"Question is,..
Where are the accompanying photo's of these suspects?"

They are juveniles and they have their rights . They have a right to their privacy . I'm sure that they'll be available when a warrant is served at their residence . Publishing their pictures would only lead to a mutitude of complaints and possible legal action .

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15redvert(2240 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

If I was wanted for questioning in a situation like this and I knew i was innocent, I would come forward very quickly. Mind you I would have a attorney present to insure that I was not railroaded. Does the hiding say anything, decide for yourself.

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16DOLE2(595 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

adandrews 2 is to or too , 4 is for , n is and,ok?

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17nikasymone(7 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Ok I think I've read enough of the negativity from both ends. Stan sorry if you disagree but the bottom line is you may not be racist but some of your comments could argue otherwise, and why do you tend to focus more on making comment to the negative news instead of commenting on other things like for instance the souls lost in that fire in warren, or the way our Gov. is trying to take our schools down to and make them charter schools, and to any one with a negative comment stop offering opinions and thoughts of which you happen to know nothing about and help be a part of solving the problem. For those who "think" they know the answers to this child's life and many others, my mother always said stop "basing your opinions on what you thought and ask" cause you don't get paid to think. Besides what would you say about this childs "culture" and upbringing if I told you he was white? Guess what people that's what he was.

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18nikasymone(7 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Oh and correct me if I'm wrong but how do we know what race the two suspects are, last I heard no description was given, or are we assuming because of their names. Watch your assumptions people they can sometimes get you in alot of trouble.

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19Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago


"For those who "think" they know the answers to this child's life and many others, my mother always said stop "basing your opinions on what you thought and ask" cause you don't get paid to think."

Enough said right here....

Youngstown murder victim, suspects have lengthy crime backgrounds


Besides what would you say about this childs "culture" and upbringing if I told you he was white? Guess what people that's what he was.

Dude looks black to me. But anyway who CARES what color he is. Are you not sick and tired of the violence these young kids are committing. And dying over? It's not a black and white issue Einstein. Get over the racism, quit blaming everything on the white man. It is what it is. Instead of blaming be ticked off at the murderers and gang violence instead of excuses. Quit sticking up for these wanna be gangstas!

"Oh and correct me if I'm wrong but how do we know what race the two suspects are, last I heard no description was given, or are we assuming because of their names"

Rayshawn Marquise Royal,Deandre Maurice McCrary. Not to many white boys with these names.

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20nikasymone(7 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Lifetooshort I could care less about if these kids were purple, my comment was posted cause it didn't matter what race they were but some of these comments focused too much on it. And of course I'm tired of what's happening in this city and if you learn to read things right before being quick to offer comment you would see that I was asking a question based on past comments and by the way it may have proved my point cause the one's this was asked to didn't further comment. I'm not blaming anyone but I'm not judging anyone either, right or wrong, and I don't like when the "race card" is used but since some on here thought enough to make it about that I'm just curious about their opinion if this was a case concerning whites.

And as for names and racial background, you whould be surprised how many children I've encountered in the school system with names that suggested they were one race but they were of a race you would have never thought to have placed them in. Just goes to show that you can't assume things about people.

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21Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Rayshawn Marquise Royal and Deandre Maurice McCrary are just a couple of good old boys from the hood . While society may despise them for what they have done in the hood they are tolerated and bestowed with prestige . Taking a life in the hood is a right of passage . They are now in that higher level . Bad dudes as you would call them . In the hood they are looked upon as cool . The hood isn't shackled with the standards of mainstream society unless the long arm of the law puts them in custody ..

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