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Man arrested for West Side murder

Published: Thu, January 2, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report


Larry Johnson, the suspect sought in the beating death of a 26-year-old mother of four from Youngstown, was arrested Wednesday night by the U.S. Marshals Service Northern Ohio Fugitive Task Force, Youngstown Division, in Columbus.

Johnson, 39, was listed as a suspect after the mother, Lashea Parker, was found beaten to death in a Shelby Avenue home on the West Side of Youngstown on Tuesday.

According to a news release, the task force located Johnson at 6:30 p.m. He was inside Parker’s vehicle outside of a Walmart Super Center in Columbus.

Johnson is being detained in the Franklin County Jail until he is returned to Youngstown, which could be as early as today.

Columbus, Boardman, Girard and Youngstown police, the Mahoning County Sheriff’s office and Ohio Adult Parole assisted the marshals.

A neighbor went to investigate why a child was outside without a coat in the yard of the Shelby Avenue home and then found Parker. Her death was the city’s 20th homicide in 2013.

The two oldest children were questioned with Mahoning County Children Services workers present. The children, ranging in age from 1 to 7, were released to family members.

Police say Parker was not only beaten, but stabbed, and her car was missing.


1JS(650 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

The death of Lashea Parker demands quick justice for her and her children. The price for the taking of her life should be the quick taking of her killers life. Death row needs to be re-evaluated and sped up.

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2southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Execution does not deter the crime of murder...it would be far worse to be locked up for life.

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3JS(650 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Execution is 100% in stopping murderers! He killed a mother who was a resource to society in the raising of children. Why should we sustain someone with taxpayer money who destroyed a life?

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4nipsy(133 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I have a feeling that this idiot won't mind being locked up for life either....Most of the thugs these days are not detered by anything..

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5kw27(20 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Execution does not deter crime only because we rarely carry it out!

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