10-month-old girl found bloody on body of victim
By Elise Franco
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.