Fiance says Youngstown murder victim was ‘happy’ and ‘loyal’


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Randy Triplett said Shaniece Wells was always loyal, both to him and to her friends.

“Always happy, always joking. All she wanted was her family. All she wanted was me and her son,” Triplett said.

Triplett said late Saturday night, she left the couple’s home in the Rockford Village apartments on the east side for what he called a “friendly duty.” It ended when she was shot to death outside a home across town at 844 E. Boston Ave.

Police said Wells and several others had gone there to help friends who got into an argument.

“From what we were being told, they agreed to disperse and as they were leaving, someone from, we believe the house, fired rounds into the crowd as they were leaving,” Youngstown Police Capt. Brad Blackburn said.

Detectives said Wells, 23, was the only one hit. After talking to witnesses, police filed a murder warrant against 25-year-old Keith Sims, who had been staying with relatives at the East Boston Avenue home. He turned himself in to the Youngstown Police Department on Monday evening and is being held at the Mahoning County Jail. He is expected in court on Tuesday.

Detectives said they may be looking to file charges against others involved in the dispute before the shots were fired.

“But with somebody pulling out a gun and killing somebody, we have to confer with the prosecutor, but there is a good chance that other people will be charged with this homicide,” Blackburn said.

Police do not believe the victim was part of the group that got into the initial argument, but showed up later with several other women when the dispute resumed Saturday night.

Authorities said the case reminds them of another shooting in August where gunshots rang out during a dispute between two groups on Winona Avenue. That incident left a 17-year-old dead.

“One thing that is concerning. These are not young 14 and 15 year olds. These are adults,” Blackburn said.

Triplett said Wells was planning to go back to school at Youngstown State University in January to get her degree and that the couple wanted to get married next year. Now it is up to him to raise their 3-year-old son.

“I gotta be there. I gotta step up. I know she would want me to,” Triplett said.

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