BREAKING NEWS: Police name Walter Drake as suspect in city's 15th homicide

YOUNGSTOWN — Police said today they are looking for a 26-year-old Youngstown man they suspect killed Dion Weatherspoon, the city’s 15th homicide victim of the year.

At a news conference today, police said they have witnesses who said they saw Walter Drake of Hilton Avenue shoot Weatherspoon, 24, a neighbor, outside Drake’s house Wednesday.

Police said today the shooting started as a neighborhood argument over other issues, possibly a theft.

Police found Weatherspoon lying dead in the driveway of Drake’s home on the South Side about 11:30 a.m. He had six bullet holes in him, according to police.

The house where Weatherspoon was killed, where Drake lived at 246 Hilton Ave., was significantly damaged by arson about 11 p.m. Thursday, said Fire Capt. Alvin Ware, chief fire investigator.

“We suspect it’s connected to the shooting,” Ware said.

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