Warren police continue to probe two deaths

Warren police continue to probe two deaths

Staff report


Police continue to probe the deaths of two women — one of them an 18-year-old killed by a gunshot at a birthday party.

Police say McKayla Hopkins, 18, of Reeves Road Northeast suffered a gunshot wound to the torso at 9:04 p.m. Friday while attending a birthday party at the Perkins Park pavilion.

As of Monday morning, police had not made any arrests.

Police say they are still investigating whether the shooting was an accident or not, but they are “working on the theory” that the gunshot came from within the group of people participating in the party.

An autopsy was conducted on Hopkins, but the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office said the cause and manner of death are pending further investigation.

Meanwhile, investigators are also studying the death of Lori A. Wishart, 41, of 459 Parkman Road NW, who died in a 1:34 p.m. fire at her home.

Warren police, the Warren Fire Department and the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the fire, which police say they believe was intentionally set.

Wishart was found in the back of the first floor of the home when firefighters arrived. Paramedics tried to revive her, but they were not able to.

The fire started in the front of the first floor of the home, said Fire Chief Ken Nussle.

Wishart was sentenced to prison in 2010 on a probation violation connected to an aggravated-drug-possession conviction out of Liberty Township.

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