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Police identify victim as gang member

Published: Tue, November 20, 2012 @ 12:04 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Police have identified the city’s latest murder victim as a member of the H-Block South Side street gang, but are not yet sure if that gang affiliation led to his murder.

Residents in the 200 block of Avondale Avenue called police early Sunday after finding an SUV sitting in the driveway of vacant house in that block. The driver’s-side window had been shot out, and inside was the body of Tamarick “B-Bop” Moore, 18, of Alameda Avenue.

Officials are not sure whether the shooting occurred Sunday morning or sometime late Saturday or why Moore was at the Avondale address, but police are saying that Moore’s name appears on a list of known H-Block members.

Police Chief Rod Foley said the 25-member gang has been a headache for police in the past.

“We have been targeting them all summer and they have been behaving themselves until now. We don’t know if this was retaliation or something else. ... We have our feelers out there,” he said.

Foley said Moore was brought in along with 17 others who were members of or affiliated with South Side gangs in August during a “call-in” aimed at curbing violence.

“We’re trying to give them a way out, and if they don’t choose that way, we’ll give them a long sentence,” Foley said at that time.

Foley said police have stepped up enforcement on the gang this year especially after another known member of the H-Block Gang, 24-year-old Dion Weatherspoon was gunned down on Hilton Avenue earlier in the summer. Police have charged 26-year-old Walter Drake with Weatherspoon’s murder, saying the two men were engaged in an argument when the shooting took place.

Police have also arrested several members of the H-Block Gang this year. O’Keefe Brown, Frankie “Tank” Hudson Jr., Deon Sanders and Ruben Joel “Pilo” Sanchez Jr. are charged with multiple counts of robbery, aggravated robbery with firearm specifications, illegal possession of weapons and participating in a criminal gang.

A total of 16 counts are against each of the men.

Foley said members of the H-Block Gang have been known to retaliate with violence. Evidence of this may be seen in the Weatherspoon case. Drake’s Hilton Avenue home, where Weatherspoon was killed, had been torched, vandalized, looted and has since been torn down.

Foley said the police department will not tolerate retaliatory measures and will be watching for anyone who may be out looking for retaliation.

“We are going to be out there. It is time to put the troops back out again and be on top of everything they [H-Block] do,” said Foley. “H-Block is known to retaliate so we are putting on the full-court press, making sure we quell any retaliation so we can figure out what happened out there.”

Despite his gang affiliation, Moore had not been arrested as an adult. He was arrested as a 16-year-old juvenile for disorderly conduct after a disturbance at the WRTA bus terminal downtown the day before his birthday in 2011. He, along with several other juveniles, were also people of interest in the shooting of a vacant house on the South Side in 2009.

The Avondale home where Moore was murdered is vacant now, but it was occupied in May when Juanetta Franklin and Pako Lacey, both of Youngstown, were found shot and killed inside the home. Foley said police do not believe there is a connection between the two incidents.

“Right now it looks more like a coincidence than anything,” said Foley. “He was there for a reason. He definitely backed into that driveway for something. The house is vacant, so we need to know why he was there.”

Police have not made any arrest in either the Moore murder or the Lacey/Franklin murders. Anyone with information on either investigation is encouraged to contact the Youngstown Police Department or CrimeStoppers at 330-746-CLUE.

Moore’s death is the 25th homicide in Youngstown in 2012. There were 22 homicides in the city at this time last year and 23 recorded for all of 2011.


1Pyroc(131 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Who would want an organ from a crackhead or a heroin addict ?

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2UsuallyBlunt(105 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Would you really want THEIR organs inside of you?

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3busyman(239 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Wait for it! It is coming! Let me get it out of the way!!! He was a good young man, went to church evey Sunday and was a daddy to 3 babies. Wo!. How many times will we hear this from the family members. He was a thug. Like I wrote a few days ago. This all started 18 years ago when a 16 year old girl had a baby she could not take care of because she was a child Stop the pay for play entitlement program and in a few decades this will burn itself out.

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4redvert(2231 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Entitlement is the way of life for many these days so I do not see anything changing in the near future if ever!

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5Youngstownhustlemamma(5 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

It doesn't have anything to do with entitlements. Maybe he was a good young man at some point who got caught up in this Youngstown thug life. No matter what he was human, someone's child, and was more than likely loved by someone. There are no reports that this young man robbed or murdered anyone so how can we judge him for being murdered when we don't know his past.

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6busyman(239 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

That is right YoungstownHussleMamma!
The police are wrong. This south side gang is a extension of the Boy Scouts. When you join a street gang that does not respect the rights of the rest of the Human beings that do respect their neighbors and these gangs commit crimes against humanity, you are not fit for the human race. His past will come out. It is amazing that they blame the thug life of Youngstown. There are many young adults that llive in the inner city that choose the better way and do not cave to the Gangsta Life

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7angelgirl0243(2 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

How can you guys sit up here and talk about someone you know nothing about?! Didn't you ever hear the saying to believe none of what you hear and half of what you see?! What because the paper said he's a "thug" or a "gangster" you believe it? What was he convicted of? Who did he kill?! Thats right no one. No he was not an angel but he didn't deserve to die. No matter what he may or may not have done he was someones SON, FRIEND, and BROTHER! How dare you talk about his grieving mother? You should be ashamed of yourself, his mother took good care of him. And No he doesn't have any children, but if he did he would've been a good father. Don't judge a book by it cover

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8mrbeansbaby(4 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

angelgirl, maybe everyones so damn sick of it . Maybe fear turns into anger. Could that be it? Personally, Im over this town,its hopeless. They were going to do the RICO on them, WHEN? They know whos in a gang, The gang doesnt know because theyre stuck on stupid. its called weed.Oh how about no more children getting shot? YEAH, its just a matter of time. Tell your friends to watch it, some crazy old lady might start shooting them. You know anyone can snap. Everyone isnt afraid of these punks, but they ARE pissed off. normal people protect kids not kill them.

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9angelgirl0243(2 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

No crap! Everyone is tired of seeing all of these children dying. These are kids killing kids over nothing, They don't fight anymore they shoot! Gang or no gang they are still killing each other over stupid petty dumb stuff. Maybe if they would've charged them with something that stuck some of our children would still be alive. No on said you had to be afraid of them. Believe it or not the program that they did this summer actually helped some of these boys get off the streets, but unfortunately your past can always come back to haunt you.

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10busyman(239 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

anglegirl - It was said on the news that this thug was involved in a gang program with his parent in July and did not take it seriously sitting with his parent. It is a shame that his parent saw this coming and tried to help to no avail. It is just a vicious circle until their parent is left with sadness and not understanding why she did not do a better job when he was younger. This change has to start when these kids are about 10 years old before the streets take over.

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