By joe gorman
Police say they were able to identify the city’s latest homicide victim after a group of his friends were concerned that he had not returned from an evening out.
David T. Perkins, 23, of Niles, is the man police found dead in the driveway of a 266 E. Hilton Ave. home on the South Side Monday morning.
His death is the 15th homicide of the year in the city.
Detective Sgt. Darryl Martin said a group of Perkins’ friends called police.
Perkins’ body was found about 10 a.m. Monday by a student who was walking to the Life Skills building on Market Street.
When police showed the friends Perkins’ picture, they were able to identify him.
When Perkins’ body was found he had no identification on him.
Martin said Perkins’ friends had last seen him about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Martin said Perkins could have been lying in the driveway anywhere from 3 a.m. until the time he was found, but most likely he was there since 6:30 a.m.
Martin said police are still looking for Perkins’ car and a reason why he was in that neighborhood.
He said Perkins did not have a criminal background and a check of court records found only traffic citations for Perkins.
“He’s never been known to go there,” Martin said.
Martin asked that anyone with information call him at 330-742-8250.
Police are also trying to solve the death of 18-year-old Mason Lee Fleming, who was found shot to death Friday at the corner of Fleming and Worthington avenues on the North Side. Chief of Detectives Capt. Mark Milstead said police do have some leads in that case.
At this time in 2012, Youngstown had 23 homicides. For all of 2012, the city recorded 26 homicides.