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One dead, another on life support after Struthers mom-son shootings

Published: Fri, March 21, 2014 @ 4:55 p.m.


A 23-year-old Struthers man is dead, and his mother remains on life support, following an apparent murder-suicide attempt at 433 Seventh St. late Thursday.

According to Struthers police, Justin Slaven was found dead at the residence between 11 and 11:30 p.m. Thursday by his father, who discovered that his wife, 44-year-old Leslie Slaven, had shot herself as well. She remains at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Police Chief Tim Roddy called the incident “unfortunate,” explaining that “some type of mental issue” likely spurred the attempt. He added that the incident is still under investigation — and that its outcome depends on both the coroner’s findings and on Leslie Slaven’s condition.

“Moms don’t arbitrarily just decide to kill themselves, then their kids,” Roddy said. “Very rarely do you see women do that.”


1photoguy330(43 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Um, I think it would be hard for her to kill her kids *after* she's killed herself. But I'm not a police officer, so I could be wrong.

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2DACOUNTRYBOY(485 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Life is what you make of it whether it is good, bad or ugly. With her finger on the trigger Leslie Slaven was in control.

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3walter_sobchak(2173 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

The quote, which is in quotation marks, is attributed to the police chief. It has NOTHING to do with an editor. Blame the chief for a nonsensical statement!

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