Youngstown cops seek help in Roslyn Ave. murder investigation

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


Police say there are leads in the city’s most recent homicide investigation, but the department is still asking for information from the public to assist in the investigation.

Police found 21-year-old Darnell Green of Coronado Avenue lying in the driveway of a home in the 100 block of Roslyn Avenue just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Green was dead of gunshot wounds to his torso.

Chief Rod Foley said police believe Green got out of one car and was headed toward the house when a second car pulled up behind him and opened fire.

“The way this transpired it doesn’t appear to be random. Someone seems to have been chasing him from the car he was in. This may have been an ongoing issue,” the chief said.

Police are still trying to determine exactly what took place leading up to and during the shooting.

Foley said police need to determine if Green returned fire toward his killer. There was no gun found on or near Green, but police did find several spent shell casings.

“We plan to do some gunshot residue testing on the victim to determine if he was firing a weapon, but it was raining pretty hard so we don’t know if that will skew any results,” Foley said.

The key to solving the murder, Foley said, may be in finding the people with Green before and at the time of the shooting.

He said police believe some people at the scene fled before officers arrived.

“We have a couple of different avenues we are looking at,” Foley said. “With this individual’s history, we are looking into a possible past feud or possible drug connection.”

Police found suspected cocaine in Green’s pockets at the time of his death. Police also said Green has had past arrests involving drugs.

Police records show Green was charged with possession of dangerous drugs and trafficking in drugs when he was 17. In that case, police said they found Green in possession of 51 individually packaged rocks of crack cocaine and prescription pills.

Green, according to police reports, also was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana last year when he was 20.

Foley said police patrols will be increased in the Roslyn Avenue area where the shooting took place because police are concerned about retaliation and other activity.

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