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S. Side man shot to death in home



Published: Sun, October 9, 2011 @ 12:04 a.m.
  South Side Death

A man was found shot to death in a Southside home Saturday.  Police removed an unharmed baby from the house.

A man was found shot to death in a Southside home Saturday. Police removed an unharmed baby from the house.

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Mahoning County Coroner’s officials remove the body of 20-year-old Tequon J. Sharpe. Sharpe was found dead Saturday afternoon inside his East Judson Avenue home of a gunshot wound to the head.

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At right, Youngstown Police Lt. John Kelty, center, talks to witness Erica Haynes after she discovered the body of Tequon J. Sharpe, 20, of 59 E. Judson Ave., Saturday afternoon. Haynes told police a baby girl was also inside the house but unharmed.

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Youngstown police continue to investigate what may be the city’s 15th homicide of 2011. Tequon J. Sharpe, 20, was found shot to death inside his home at 59 E. Judson Ave., on Saturday afternoon. A baby girl, who was unharmed, is believed to be the daughter of the victim.

10-month-old girl found bloody on body of victim

By Elise Franco

efranco@vindy.com

Youngstown

A South Side woman heard gunshots early Saturday morning, hours before finding her neighbor’s body inside his home.

Tequon J. Sharpe, 20, was found dead at about 4 p.m. Saturday inside 59 E. Judson Ave., with a single gunshot wound to the left side of the head.

Numerous shell casings were found around Sharpe’s body, according to a police report.

A 10-month-old girl was found lying on the victim, unharmed but covered in blood, said Erica Haynes, who found the body.

According to The Vindicator’s media partner, 21 WFMJ-TV, witnesses and neighbors said the girl is Sharpe’s daughter.

Haynes said she lives across the street from Sharpe and heard what sounded like gunfire at about 1 a.m. Saturday.

About 3:30 p.m., Sharpe’s teenage relative came to Haynes’ house and asked to use her phone, she said. “She came over and asked for help,” Haynes said.

“She had gone to the house and heard the baby crying and saw someone lying on the floor.”

Haynes said she and the victim’s relative went to the house and found the back door open. She said they went inside and saw the body and the child.

“We grabbed the baby and ran back to my house to call 911,” she said. “We could see him lying in a puddle of blood.”

Haynes said Sharpe just moved in a few weeks ago.

Police Lt. John Kelty refused to comment at the scene. Police Chief Rod Foley didn’t return calls for comment Saturday evening.

Police didn’t have any suspects at press time and continue to investigate.

If the Mahoning County coroner rules this death a homicide, it would be the city’s 15th of 2011. On this date in 2010, Youngstown had 18 recorded homicides.

It also would be the city’s fourth since Sept. 18.

On Sept. 17, Joshua T. Davis, 17, of 135 Willis Ave., was found shot in the left cheek and upper right groin.

He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center and pronounced dead early Sept. 18. The teenager’s mother said she saw a dark-colored SUV heading toward Market Street after the shooting.

Police have made no arrests.

On Sept. 22, Quest Waggoner, 22, of Inverness Avenue, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on a living-room couch in his home. The home’s doors were unlocked.

A Mahoning County grand jury last week indicted Donovan Miller, 25, of Cambridge Avenue, on an aggravated-murder charge with a firearm specification and also on charges of tampering with evidence and trafficking in more than 2.2 pounds of marijuana.

On Sept. 24 , Duane L. Colvin, 32, of East Florida Avenue was found dead in a Ferndale Avenue field at 10 a.m.

A neighbor heard five gunshots the night before, and police found two shell casings and three bullet holes at a home in the 400 block of West Judson Avenue, one street north of where the body was found.

No arrests have been made in that shooting.

On Oct. 1 in Warren, a couple in their 50s were found dead in their southwest Warren home. The couple’s son has been charged in those killings.


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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

"Haynes said she lives across the street from Sharpe and heard what sounded like gunfire at about 1 a.m. Saturday."

Why didn't she call police then ?

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2fcb(318 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

This is the weekend. What else would you expect to happen in Youngstown? A neighborhood picnic!!

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3kensgirl(574 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I feel bad for the baby girl. How tragic. I can't even imagine what life will be like for her. I just shake my head.

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4jg52fresh(7 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Events like this disappoint me in citizens and society. These people don't deserve to breath for they don't respect life and all the freedoms we have. Capital punishment must be establish were when found without a doubt guilty the criminal is put to death 30 days later. Either by firing squad or hanging. It is time to put fear into those who commit murder.

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5Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Again, the south side. These animals are nothing but coward, little wanna b gangsta that need to be lined up and shot down one by one.
And your right Stan, why didn't she call the police at 1am.
Thank God nothing happened to the baby.
SMH at another stupid murder.
Can only ask Why?

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6Attis(864 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I thought there was a War on Terrorism costing us trillions of dollars. Hey, Uncle Sam, how's about bringing our troops and cash home and fight terrorism on the streets/houses of Y-town?

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7SHARPEFAMILY(1 comment)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I LOVE U BROTHER , MOMMY AIN'T TAKING IT TO WELL JUST KNOW WE LOVE U AND WE KNOW YOUR OKAY & WERE GOING TO GET JUSTICE IF IT KILLS US . U'LL BE TRULY MISSED TEQUON JOSEPH SHARPE !

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

It looks like he didn't have one for protection this time . . . ..

http://courts.mahoningcountyoh.gov/pa...

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9Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Any clue why someone would go into a home and shoot a 20 year old at 1am in the morning and spare the baby?? Obviously it was'nt robbery for nothing was stolen and back door opened so it was'nt broken into, just asking?

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10Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The pitiful rabid animals should all be shot and dumped in the Mahoning River and then maybe we can live in peace. These sorry a@# animals are running rapid on the South Side. Pitiful little useless animal DNA's are all they are. We need to just get rid of them fast and furious.
Getting sickening.

Another one....

http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/loca...

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11ghostofjohnyoung(163 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I am confused.

The deceased had a very recent possession of a firearm charge.

It was transferred from Ytown municipal courts the start of August.

The charge is in part due to the deceased being previously disallowed to have such a weapon (typically due to felony conviction).

He had a case from 2010, a Felony 4 for "Improperly Handling"... Handling what?

The docket clears this up:

04/25/2011 JE> SENTENCING ENTRY - DEFT PLEAD GUILTY TO IMPROPER HANDLING OF A FIREARM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE F-4, THE COURT IMPOSES THREE (3) YEARS COMMUNITY CONTROL MONITORED BY APA. ALL COSTS AND FINES ARE WAIVED. SO ORDERED. (SWEENEY) SEE ATTACHED IMAGE

Under 4 months later the deceased fool gets popped with another pistol and the Court does it's best chicken dance:

08/03/2011 JE> DEFT UNDERSTANDS THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS FOR BOND: BOND IS O/R; DEFT TO BE UNDER ELECTRONICALLY MONITORED HOUSE ARREST WITH THE CCA. (SWEENEY) SEE ATTACHED IMAGE

So, the deceased was to be on home confinement / ankle bracelet. Which I think is fine, but he got caught somewhere with another gun, which is a violation and should have sent him to jail pending hearing and likely a long stay for the violation in jail.

08/05/2011 JE> A PROBABLE CAUSE HEARING WAS SET IN THIS CASE ON 8/3/11. DEFT WAIVED HIS RIGHT TO SAID HEARING AND STIPULATED TO PROBABLE CAUSE. THE COURT FOUND THAT PROBABLE CAUSE EXISTS. A PROBATION VIOLATION HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR THE 30TH DAY OF AUG 2011 AT 9:30 AM. (SWEENEY) SEE ATTACHED IMAGE

What happened on 8/31? The Court did zippo, they actually withdrew his charges and removed him from probation/confinment for the same type of conduct:

08/31/2011 JE> STATE MOVES TO WITHDRAW MOTION TO EXTEND OR REVOKE W/OUT PREJUDICE. STATE RESERVES RIGHT TO REFILE SAME IF DEFT IS CONVICTED OF UNDERLYING OFFENSES. DEFT'S HOUSE ARREST TERMINATED. (SWEENEY) SEE ATTACHED IMAGE

If the monkey a$$es in the Courts were doing their damn jobs the deceased would be sitting safely in jail for his gun violation and probation violation.

Instead, they disarmed a thug - TWICE and left him sitting there to be murdered.

In an unusual twist of fate, I think his family should sue the police, probation, Court, etc. for disarming someone living in such an area with whatever issues.

Possession of a firearm stupidity charges need to stop, as do permits to carry a concealed permit. It's bogus bull$hit. I don't what hoodlums and gangsters to be totting guns, but they will. They don't follow the laws and get permits.

Our Constitution never intended a permit based nanny state either.

I don't know what Mr. Sharpe was engaged in, but it seems like more of the same.

In this case, the police sure guaranteed an unarmed person had zero chance of surviving the street violence in their own home.

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12Ianacek(891 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

He may have been trying to cut a plea bargain in return for providing information to police . I read somewhere that a lot of drug shootings are for real or imagined "snitching" , not just for non payment of debts . When enemy combatants surrender , they need to be kept safe from their former associates. Since Nixon began it in 1972 , the War On Drugs appears to have achieved little .

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13MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

chock this up to another - NO NOTHING SEE NOTHING SEE WHAT I SAYING case- That a slug collection of fat racist -losers corupting a jury will let off -

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14MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The South -Side with its well KNOWN WMD- zones - that each weekend sends someone to an early grave is no longer an issue- IT IS NOT ELECTION TIME - the typical moops that exploit crime when it suits their political agenda will remain silent...The Vally Of the Dolts will continue to vote for the same jerks that have done nothing about the South -Sides crime crisis for a solid decade - Stand on the steps of ST Doms - entertain the mutants with feel good tales of riding a bike as a child around the streets of the South -Side despite the fact that anyone with an IQ ABOVE 50 recognizes the fact that the S.S. has not been a safe area for at least 40 years... The only thing missing was passing out promotioanl emery boards while ghetto-stumping ...

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