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UPDATE: Two confirmed dead in Avondale Avenue shooting

Published: Tue, May 15, 2012 @ 3:08 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — There was an outpouring of emotion when police and the coroner removed two bodies from a house at 240 East Avondale Ave. this afternoon.

Capt. Mark Milstead, Youngstown police, said officers were called to the house shortly after 12:30 p.m. and found two people, a man and a woman, dead in an upstairs bedroom. Both people had been shot.

Milstead would not release the names or ages of the deceased are, but sources say one of the people is a 17-year-old teenage girl. The other victim is reportedly the girl’s 20-year-old boyfriend.

Police at the scene of the murder were forced to call for backup officers from Youngstown and Boardman to control the crowd which quickly grew to more than 100 people. Many of those in the crowd claimed to be family members and became highly emotional when the bodies were taken out of the house.

Several women collapsed in grief and tears, and were comforted by others standing in the crowd.

One man emerged from the house, shortly after the bodies had been removed, carrying a blood-splattered foam mattress screaming that someone murdered his cousin as the cousin laid in bed sleeping.

Shortly after police cleared the house, more blood-splattered bedding was removed and placed on the curb outside the house.

Mike Dowdy, 47, said the male victim in the house is a member of his family as are many of the people who were standing in the crowd gathered outside. He helped calm those standing outside, but struggled to understand why someone would murder the 20-year-old victim.

“He was a good kid. He really didn’t bother anybody. That’s why nobody understands how the door got kicked in and he gets gunned down,” he said.

The Avondale murders are the 11th and 12th homicides in 2012. The city recorded only four homicides by this same time in 2011.

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1bmanresident(607 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

"That’s why nobody understands how the door got kicked in and he gets gunned down" Perhaps drugs. Just saying. Wild speculation. Especially on that side of town.

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2Attis(1134 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Hey, Uncle Sam how about fighting the terrorism in Youngstown USA instead of Kabul Afghanistan?

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3busyman(239 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

It is a shame that all the "GOOD KIDS" are getting gunned down. A hundred people gathered around. Was there a Travon ralley in town. I guess that qualifies the fact that no one is ever working in Y-Town, just waiting for the entitlement bus. Summer has not even started yet. I bet we will calling out the national guard by July.

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4Millie(192 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Gary Crim's company is the landlord - who is the tenant? Guns and drugs or guns and someone out for revenge is a bad combination. What a waste of the potential these young people will never achieve in society.

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5metrodawg(70 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Always amazed at the negativity of people who don't know, don't care, and don't do anything to help. Part of the solution or part of the problem?

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6tinapen(2 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

First of all the negative comments are not called for! My children were in a lockdown at Taft after a standoff, instead of kocking people u dont know, how about praying for these people and their families and praying for the people that do the harm to others. I would NEVER want to know what it feels like to lose a child in under any circumstance, maybe if people were in that situation, u wouldnt be making the comments that u do! Not everyone is involved in drugs or guns.

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7peggygurney(408 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

poor little hoodlems?? What a cold, insensitive, ASSANINE comment.

These two were someone's kids. I hope to God you never have to know how it feels to lose one this way. But if you ever do, I really do hope that you remember how you reacted to this murder, and hope that no one is saying the same thing.

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8busyman(239 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Ya Peggy, you pray for them.

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9tinapen(2 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Peggy, people are so quick to judge about situations and don't have the facts. 2 families have lost babies I would never wish this on anyone! If this happened to whoever and their family, I bet they wouldn't be saying the things they say.

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10Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

There is no punishment in the valley for murder. Six years for the last one I think. With no deterrent, the animals who did this run wild with no real reprecussion for their actions. Yet we keep electing the incumbents who collect their paycheck and go home and forget about the city while they sit in their home in the suburbs

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11DAWABBIT(30 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Dont condemn the deceased! Their killer if not caught is bold enough to kill again at his or her will. This person will own the streets until caught.

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12gingerspice(142 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Family, Friends...listen... before you retaliate with violence, Think!! Going on a killing spree is not going to solve the problem or bring these loved ones back!! Let's do something POSITIVE in their rememberance!! We are too intelligent and gifted to fall for SATAN's trickery! Gather together, put your heads together and come up with something POSITIVE!! Please!! Make those who are making the insensitive and ignorant comments ashamed of themselves and prove them to be liars!!

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13bfpeer(33 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

R.I.P to the victims. Pray for the families. Strange comment you said danikytn.. sad thing is Gary Crim past away in November of last year so I'm pretty sure he personally is not letting people not have a cat. Youngstown is now on Number 12 and it is only the 15 of May when will the violence end. Probably never! Due to the fact that things like this start at an early age. Many people start off by blaming the streets and the area they live in. I blame the parents and lack of education of the intruders. If these intruders would worry about their education as much as they worried about violence and revenge Youngstown would be a wonderful place again!

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14peggygurney(408 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

danikytn - if you've read any of my posts, I've never claimed to be a messiah or a prophet. Only a caring person who helps people. It's how I was raised and to do any thing else would be to go against my very nature.

Yet I sit here commenting with a bunch of people who are so cold as to condemn two young people who have been murdered in cold blood, rather than want to comfort their families. Honestly, those of you who do this are no better than the ones you look down on.

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15gingerspice(142 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Well stated "bfpeer!"

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16MFC997(261 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

One of my best buds in H.S. used to live right there ... 25 yrs. ago ... sad ...

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17Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

"Many of those in the crowd claimed to be family members and became highly emotional when the bodies were taken out of the house.
Several women collapsed in grief and tears, and were comforted by others standing in the crowd."

Are they not tired of this? Didn't this just go on a couple of weeks ago with Pierre McKinney? What in the world does it take for the black community to say "enough is enough?" Seriously something massive has to be done with all the violence. Unreal!

And for the ones that say everyone is cold-hearted and have to comfort the families, there are no names of the victims yet and this article is about a double HOMICIDE once AGAIN in Youngstown, no more no less.
Save the dedications and remembrances and candlelight vigils and funerals for the appropriate time.

Something really needs to be done with all this violence. Say it like it is, not sugarcoating it!

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