Police investigating two homicides

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Youngstown police are scrambling for answers after a man was found dead after a stabbing early Sunday morning.

Cathy Howell visibly upset Sunday evening when she spoke to the press outside of her home, about her friend; 28-year-old Ivan West, who died inside 107 Hilton Street earlier that morning.

“He was like a son and nephew to me, and I took care of him,” Howell said crying. “He said he banged on the door, and he let him in, he came upstairs and he asked Ivan whats wrong, and he did not say anything, he said you looking weird whats wrong and he said I’m stabbed and then he said what, he said I’m stabbed and then passed out.”

The details of the stabbing are scarce. Youngstown Police said that when they arrived on the scene they found West laying face down with his hands underneath him. West was still breathing when police got there.

“I do not think he passed away at the scene, he was transported to St. E’s and succombed to his wounds there,” said Lt. John Kelty of the Youngstown Police Department.

Howell said West used to live with her; he moved away, but came back this weekend to stay with her and her boyfriend. She said West left early Saturday morning and didn’t return until Sunday morning after he was stabbed. Right now, there’s only one thing she said she wants to see.

“Whoever did this I want them to see justice. I want this because I know his mother is hurting and I am hurting,” said Howell.

Currently, police do not have any suspects. However, one of the men who lives in the house, Theodore Alexander, is being listed as a person of interest.

The other homicide happened just before 4 a.m. on Saturday. Police received a call from a woman who found a body on Truesdale Avenue, near Shehy Street.

When officers arrived, they found 33-year old James Brown on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police said the victim was laying in a pile of shattered glass.

“We found a body on South Truesdale and Shehy. A man was shot and died from his wounds and that investigation continues,” said Kelty.

There are no suspects in this case it this time either.

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