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Struthers community remembers slain 23-year-old

Published: Sun, March 23, 2014 @ 10:57 p.m.

Struthers community remembers slain 23-year-old


Even after listening to others’ memories, a prayer and a few verses of “Amazing Grace,” Anthony Anderson paused for just a few more moments, braving the cold and wind, to remember Justin Slaven, one of the nicest kids ever to have attended Struthers High School.

“He was always smiling. I’d never seen him angry or sad,” said Anderson, who graduated in 2010, a year after Slaven. “It’s a sad day in Struthers for everybody. We lost a really great kid.”

More than 100 — including family members and friends, former teachers and community members — gathered at the high school for a vigil tonight in Slaven’s memory, with many expressing their shock over his death last week. Encircling the school’s flagpole were a parade of candles, photographs, and handmade signs reading, “Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat” and “We Will Never Forget You, Justin!”

Slaven, 23, was found dead of a gunshot wound in the basement of his 433 Seventh St. residence late Thursday. His mother, 44-year-old Leslie Slaven, also was found, wounded and unconscious. She remains in critical condition at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Police are calling the incident an apparent murder-suicide attempt.

Read the full story in Monday’s Vindicator.

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