Family coping with death of second family member by violent means

YOUNGSTOWN — It has been little more than a week since an East Side family learned their relative’s skeletal remains were found by dogs in a rural area.

That same family is now coping with the shooting death of another family member at a local convenience store.

Robert Floyd Jr., 24, of Atkinson Avenue was shot to death just after 9 p.m. Thursday as he attempted to get into his car at the Red and White Convenience Store on Lansdowne Boulevard on the city’s East Side.

He is the city’s third homicide victim this year. There were eight homicides at this time in 2012.

Floyd is the nephew of 26-year-old David Allen Jackson, who was reported missing in December 2012. Jackson was involved in a shooting at the same store just shortly before he was reported missing.

His skeletal remains were found scattered months later in an East Side neighborhood. Police are still investigating the cause of Jackson’s death.

Hubert Floyd, the 75-year-old father of Jackson and grandfather of Robert Floyd, said the unusual circumstances are taking a toll on the family.

“We are really trying the best we can with all of this. It has truly been rough on all of us,” he said today.

For the complete story, read Saturday's Vindicator and

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