UPDATE: Two confirmed dead in Avondale Avenue shooting

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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