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East Side family dealing with double tragedy



Published: Sat, March 16, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.

East Side family dealing with double tragedy

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

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.

Jackson’s skeletal remains were found scattered months later in an East Side neighborhood. Police continue to investigate the cause of his death.

Hubert Floyd, 75, the 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.

Police Chief Rod Foley said a man stepped from the shadows of a nearby building and took aim at Floyd as he was attempting to get into his car. Detectives have obtained video surveillance showing what appears to be the outline of a male in a hooded shirt doing the shooting.

Foley said Floyd seems to have been targeted in the shooting. Nothing was stolen or taken from the car after Floyd was gunned down.

“That is what we are looking at now, trying to determine what this situation is all about. ... It seems to be intentional. I just can’t see the shooter just happening to have been there at the time the victim went to the store,” the chief said.

Floyd just recently had been released from prison after serving a little less than three years for complicity to voluntary manslaughter. Floyd and 19-year-old D’Von Walls were convicted of shooting and killing 19-year-old Sirtan Alli in 2008.

Alli was found shot in the back of his head on the sidewalk on McGuffey Road near Cassius Street on the East Side and died later that day in St. Elizabeth Health Center.

A 9mm handgun with 11 rounds in its magazine was found on the sidewalk between the victim’s legs.

Police said Walls and Floyd exchanged gunfire with Alli.

Floyd was released from prison in October. Walls still is incarcerated.

Foley would not say if revenge is a possibility in the shooting. He said detectives are exploring all avenues and not making a determination as to motive this early in the investigation.

“It could be that someone ripped someone else off for dope or even that someone is messing with someone’s girlfriend. You just don’t know,” Foley said.

The chief said police will step up patrols in the neighborhood where the store sits. Foley said there is a concern about more violence over the weekend.

“We don’t want anybody out there trying to even the score,” he said.


Comments

1bmanresident(597 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

The gang war that is going on in our streets is doing a better job at thinning out the ranks than any arrest and indictment could ever hope to do. I say let 'em all just take care of each other, unless of course they wonder into Boardman.

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2busyman(239 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

When you breed and raise bugs someday they will get squashed. Just the ecosystem of crime, drugs and guns.

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3dawn421(265 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

family tradition?

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4fattynskinny(195 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

you reap what you sow

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5Knightcap(697 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Instead of another vigil or plea deal when caught, how about death to the killer. Too many of these animals are let out of their cage to commit more crimes after only serving a few years. Stop the revolving door of justice and light sentencing. All these criminals have an arms lenght rap sheet. Why is the justice system letting them out. I don't think they found God.

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6redvert(2064 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

"A 9mm handgun with 11 rounds in its magazine was found on the sidewalk between the victim’s legs."

Now if that mag had 11 rounds less in it ....well, he would still be dead. That being said, this type of reporting is what we get nowadays.

America as we knew it will never return.

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71970mach1(1005 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

I sure won't miss him. Not even a little bit.

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8Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

“We don’t want anybody out there trying to even the score,” he said."

Losing cause. The cockroaches don't care if they kill. No big deal unless it's a innocent person or child that gets caught in the crossfire, then they should be hung downtown or setup for a firing squad for everyone to watch. Sell food and have music and charge a small fee and help pay for some of the debt Youngstown has. There is nothing that won't stop these animals except for death.

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9JS(648 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

We are loosing our identity one victim at a time. Can't we all just get along?

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10lumper(281 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

he was a good kid, just tying to get a ged to help raise his seven kids by 5 mothers, thinking seriously about someday getting a job, and wasn't involved in no kind of gang activity. a candlelight vigil, march in the streets and bake sale will be held this week along with a gathering of community leaders and preachers where a fashion show will follow along with native dancing.

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