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YPD seeks motive in East Side double homicide



Published: Sat, June 2, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Family and friends of a 20-year-old killed in a double homicide have no idea why anyone would want to kill the man and are looking to police and the community for answers.

Ibn Shakoor, 20, of McBride Street, and Michael Johnson, 20, of Katherine Street, were found in a Chevrolet Tahoe dead of gunshot wounds early Friday. Police say nearly two dozen bullets were fired into the car on the East Side.

No arrests have been made.

Jaslyn Williams said Johnson, her cousin, was an entertaining person with the ability to make anybody smile. She said he worked two jobs — at Taco Bell and Walmart — and wanted to leave the area and pursue a career in entertainment or media.

“He could make anybody laugh. He was really a good person,” she said.

Johnson’s aunt, Rose Hoskins, said her nephew did not have any enemies and spent most of his time earning a living. She can’t imagine who would want to shoot him, but she is hoping police can soon answer that question.

“He was a good guy and really did not bother anybody. He loved to sing and dance. Everybody loved him,” she said. “He was much loved, and I hope they find who is responsible for this.”

Police are still looking for witnesses and a motive. Youngstown police Capt. Mark Milstead said officers need the help of residents in the area to catch whomever is responsible.

“We believe there are residents in the area with information, and until they are willing to come forward and provide that information, this same senseless violence is going to reoccur,” he said.

Shakoor and Johnson were sitting inside the truck outside Shakoor’s home listening to music with a third unidentified man. A volley of shots rang out, shattering the rear window and back-seat window in the truck, hitting both men but missing the unidentified third man.

Police say evidence found at the scene established that the men were not involved in any criminal activity. Neither of the men has a serious criminal history. Shakoor was arrested once for disorderly conduct.

Police are not certain of a motive in the murders but believe the shooting may have been a hate crime.

Milstead said officers are speaking with the surviving witness but still do not want to go beyond speculation as far as a motive.

“At this point and time, there is no clear reason why these individuals would have been attacked the way they were. We can speculate it was the gay issue, but at this point we cannot say for sure,” he said.

Milstead said police believe there may be more than one person involved in the shooting.

“We know that there were at least two types of weapons involved in this case with approximately two dozen rounds fired. My suspicion is that these guys live in that area, and we are hoping to get some witnesses calling in,” said Milstead.

Hoskins, Williams and Sherice Jackson, Johnson’s best friend, believe Johnson may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time or the victim of jealousy.

The Youngstown Police Department is requesting that anyone with information on the murders contact the department at 330-747-7911 or CrimeStoppers at 330-756-CLUE. Those reporting crimes do not have to divulge their identities.


Comments

1BeefyOsito(7 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Way to go Vindicator. Just forget to mention directly in your coverage that this was a possible hate crime based on the victims' sexual-orientation.

Of course it's just fine to leave it to a random mention in the twelfth paragraph near the end of the article and then in a quote of a police source.

After all, we all know they were asking for it being such unsavory types sitting in a vehicle minding their own business living their lives hurting no one, but it's okay because they were a pair of 'them'.

Why would we even for a second consider granting any dignity to their lives by directly reporting that this could be a possible hate-crime motivated by the fact that the two victims were gay? We all know it's 'okay' to do pretty much anything to 'them' since they're not really human beings.

Oh, by the way. I will never buy another copy of your Sunday paper again.

Yeah, yellow journalism is still alive and well.

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2happygirl71(1 comment)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I relocated to Youngstown for my work. I have been here for three years. When I read stories like this and it says that unless people come forward with information this same senseless violence is going to reoccur, I fully agree that the law enforcement cannot solve crimes if citizens do not cooperate. What has struck me however is that to reduce or prevent crime there has to be accountability by the judicial system here. I am disturbed that after doing some research I find that there is a high instance here of very serious crimes resulting in much reduced sentences and lenient plea bargains. These crimes include murder being reduced to assault and gun/drug crimes reduced or resulting in reduced sentences. This is especially disturbing when you see repeat violent offenders being set free after a small stint to come back and start again. Until the judiciary here wakes up and does their job the citizenry here trying to make things better are not going to get very far. To deter crime you slam these violent offenders not codify them. Too reduce crime here then stop blaming the citizenry exclusively and start punishing violent offenders to the fullest extent of the law. Why would there be a significant crime reduction if they know they can ravage society here and be back in a few years or get probation? It is sad that the judiciary here disregards law and order as much as the violent offenders do.

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3NoBS(1939 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Maybe the motive was that they were sitting in the driveway in the middle of the night, blasting what passes for music.

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4kensgirl(608 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

happygirl71 - I hope you don't live in Youngstown proper. If you do you won't be happy long.

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5fcb(323 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

They were gay so let's kill them. No value of life what so ever. You can bet the killers went home,laid their heads down and went to sleep without a thought of their victims.If I don't like you,I kill you.If I want what you have,I take it.You can bet that no one saw a thing!! So the police will work day and night with out help,find the killers,send them to court,and they will be put back on the streets by judges like "Let them all go" Sweeney. It's a cycle that's normal in Youngstown any more. I'll pray for the families of the victims for justice but I have no faith that they will get it.If a child keeps taking cookies from the jar with out being punished,he will continue to take the cookies.If these pieces of garbage keep stealing and killing and are not punished they will continue stealing and killing.Judge "Let them all go" Sweeney has a cookie jar with no lid on it!

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6allstar720(253 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

If there were 3 dudes in the truck then there could be 3 potential sets of enemies. It only takes one of them to have pissed someone off. Gay people are capable of doing anything straight people can do, including making enemies in the streets of Youngstown, Ohio.

In general, I would strongly argue that most repeat offenders are gay down low dudes who can't wait to go back to prison where there are no females.

Until the facts come out no one can claim much of anything regarding the motive.

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7Militaryman4rmYO(7 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

It seems like Youngstown is just getting worse! It's not even the summer yet, and it's sad seeing more people getting killed in youngstown then there is over here where i'm deployed at....Praying for the families of these two young men! STOP THE VIOLENCE..

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8allstar720(253 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I meant to type 'gang bangers/repeat offenders'

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9DontBanThisDrone(466 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

"YPD seeks motive in East Side double homicide"

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say;

This Money.

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10walter_sobchak(1912 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

"Police say evidence found at the scene established that the men were not involved in any criminal activity."

What evidence can be obtained at a crime scene to establish that these men were not involved in criminal activity? Testimony from Jesus Christ? What if they go to there residences and find large quantities of narcotics? Or, did you mean to write "No evidence was found at the crime scene to indicate the victims were involved in any criminal activity"? Big difference! Editor, please!

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