Struthers mom passes away after apparent murder-suicide

STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Leslie Slaven of Struthers passed away this week after what police called a murder and attempted suicide late Thursday of last week.

Struthers police are investigating the matter. According to police reports, Robert Slaven ran to his neighbor’s house on Seventh Street in Struthers about 11:30 p.m. Thursday night and said that his wife, Slaven, 44, and their son, Justin Slaven, 23, were dead in the basement.

A neighbor called 911 and when police arrived, they found Justin Slaven dead of a gunshot wound. Leslie Slaven had suffered a gunshot wound but survived.

Detective Ray Greenwood said Leslie Slaven was critically wounded at the time, but police believe she shot her son.

“When we arrived, she was in really bad shape and not talking. We have not had any confirmation from her at this time,” said Greenwood. “There doesn’t appear to be a motive. It was very unexpected and no one really knows what the motive was.”

Greenwood said they are working with the Mahoning County coroner on the case.

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