August 27, 2014

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Family mourns shooting victim

Rachel Workman hugs Brittany Perkins, Davion Strupe’s sister, in front of their Garden Street home in Elyria just hours after Strupe was shot and killed Tuesday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Rachel Workman hugs Brittany Perkins, Davion Strupe’s sister, in front of their Garden Street home in Elyria just hours after Strupe was shot and killed Tuesday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Two people were in custody Wednesday and police sought a third suspect following the Tuesday night slaying of 24-year-old Davion Strupe on Garden Street.

Davion Strupe

Davion Strupe

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said Strupe was beaten and shot during a melee involving 30 people about 11:30 p.m. He said it appeared that Strupe was targeted, although he declined to discuss what police believe the motive in the killing was.

“It’s the early stages,” he said. “We still have a lot of work to do and a lot more people to talk to.”

He said the focus Wednesday was on finding the three people facing charges in connection with Strupe’s death.

Markus Martin, 26, was arrested without incident about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at a Rosewood Drive apartment. Martin, of Elyria, is charged with murder, kidnapping and aggravated burglary.

Markus Martin

Markus Martin

Tristen Belfiore

Tristen Belfiore

Tristen Belfiore, 17, of Elyria, who is facing charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated burglary, turned himself in at the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home about 4 p.m. Belfiore, who was also being sought by the Ohio Department of Youth Services in an unrelated matter, was accompanied by his parents when he surrendered, Costantino said.

Police were still looking for 22-year-old Anthony Marcano, of Cleveland, who is charged with murder, kidnapping and aggravated burglary.

Anthony Marcano

Anthony Marcano

Officers were dispatched to 1143 Garden St. about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving several 911 calls, including several people who mentioned hearing gunshots.

When police arrived, they found a woman screaming for help and holding Strupe behind 1184 Garden St., which is close to Infirmary Road. Strupe was bleeding and unconscious when police arrived.

He was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

Chief Deputy Coroner Frank Miller said an autopsy is scheduled for today to determine what caused Strupe’s death.

On Wednesday, Garden Street residents described a chaotic scene the night before.

Kevin Higgins, who’s lived on the street for two years, said he heard a boom followed by the sound of “pop, pop, pop,” after putting his children to bed that night.

Another woman, who didn’t give her name, said there was a large group of people trying to kick down a door to get inside one house.

Brittany Perkins, who said she is Strupe’s sister, declined to discuss details. “It was just a brawl and a big misunderstanding,” she said.

Chris Howard and Jasmin Cruz write their goodbyes on a poster dedicated to their friend, Davion Strupe.

Chris Howard and Jasmin Cruz write their goodbyes on a poster dedicated to their friend, Davion Strupe.

Perkins said her brother, who has two daughters, was a good person who was loved by those who knew him.

Strupe had been under the supervision of the Ohio Adult Parole Authority following his release from prison in January after serving time on robbery, aggravated assault and receiving stolen property charges.

Friends, family and neighbors gathered at 1143 Garden St. Wednesday night to remember Strupe, who they described as tough, loving and caring. Strupe’s brother, Deshawn Marshall, said he hopes to see justice.

“The crazy part is he was really on the road to changing his life,” Marshall said. “All he wanted to do was get himself together for his kids. He was ready to get a job. He wasn’t even supposed to be out here. He was supposed to be down in Coshocton with his other family.”

Friend Chris Howard said those who knew Strupe loved him all the way around, describing him as always smiling, laughing and telling jokes.

“I can’t say a thing bad,” Howard said. “He never did me bad a day in his life.”

Chris Howard lays a candle on the ground in honor of Strupe.

Chris Howard lays a candle on the ground in honor of Strupe.

Yolanda Ogletree, a family friend, said she knew Strupe since he was 12.

“He was a good kid,” she said. “He was always respectful, and he was trying to turn his life around. We got a lot of headstrong teenagers and young people out here. I just pray we see a turnaround.”

Members of the Zulu, Omens, Street Soldiers and The Dolls motorcycle clubs were on hand to show their support. Omens club member Rachel Workman said she showed up to speak out against violence and to pay respects because everyone is somebody’s son, brother or father.

“We’re bikers against violence, and we need to take our city back,” she said. “It will take a lot of community effort and people working together. I think that’s the most important thing. People need to think before they react because those reactions can last a lifetime.”

Friend Bryce Meyers said he only knew Strupe for a few weeks but one word describes him: unforgettable. Meyers said he showed up about a half-hour after the shooting, and it will be hard to forget the things he heard and saw.

“It’s all so crazy,” he said. “They rolled up here with 40 people for one guy. It’s senseless and literally serves no purpose to waste a life. We’re not animals, we’re human beings. I came 20 to 30 minutes after it all happened and it all sounded so terrible.”

Martin has previous convictions for felonious assault, failure to comply, burglary and weapons charges, according to Lorain County Common Pleas Court records. He is awaiting trial on drug charges.

Marcano has a previous conviction for drug charges in Cuyahoga County.

Anyone with information on Marcano’s whereabouts is asked to contact Elyria police at (440) 323-3302.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCTContact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com.

  • Elyriaisadump

    How ironic is it that the biker “club” member who is speaking out against violence has those words on her jacket?

    • Chan

      What have you done to “speak out” against the violence other than try to criticize words on a vest from someone trying to help.

      • SniperFire

        ‘What have you done’

        Probably nothing, but then again, that wasn’t the point. The pathetic hypocrisy of a supposed ‘peacemaker’ wearing a threat of violence message is the point.

        • Chan

          Let’s see, both my husband and I ride bikes and we were out there yesterday trying to promote peace within our youth. I volunteer at the boys and girls club. I’m a license social worker…anything else you would like to know?

          • SniperFire

            ‘I ride bikes and we were out there yesterday trying to promote peace within our youth’

            Surprised you didn’t just ‘run their a – - over. LOL

            You aren’t even capable of understanding the point made, are you? If I can dumb it down for you, please let me know.

  • SniperFire

    “We’re bikers against violence’

    But your coat says ‘WILL RUN YOUR A– OVER’.

    Hypocrite, much?

    • Jim Gregory

      You post a lot of comments on this site, typically putting other people down. You’re a real tough guy hiding behind your username. Since you want to make your opinion known on every story published on this site, ridiculing either people in the story, or others who post about the story why don’t you reveal your name? Either quit hiding like the sissy you are, or shut the hell up.

      • SniperFire

        You must be one of those ‘peacemakers’ we have been reading about.

    • spoken

      Wow. Your that thirsty what does it matter what her jacket says at least she’s doing something. Her clothing doesn’t take away from her good deeds.

      • SniperFire

        ‘ what does it matter what her jacket says ‘

        You should probably look up the word ‘hypocrite’. Gawd some people are just dense.

        • Starryeyes63

          Check out the two links shooting seem to be common place for the MCs. Could Not find any shooting with Rolling Thunder, Patriot Guard. or several other of the Veterans MC clubs which I have been Associated with.

    • Starryeyes63

      I have never seen saying like that on a vest. I belonged to Rolling Thunder have rode with the Patriot Guard, I also sew patches for several local MC clubs, NEVER saw “run ur a** over” sounds more like 1%ers….

    • Starryeyes63
    • Starryeyes63
  • Ajayboguard

    The biker club-yes club-were there to support the victim. What Rachel’s vest says does not define her as a person. She rides a motorcycle so what. Here a few things about Rachel “the biker” Every year she runs the toys for tots drive at Christmas time. When it’s time for the kids to go back to school she helps with the back to school fundraiser where they pass out school supplies and give kids haircuts, what they need to go to school. So instead of passing judgement on her vest, notice her for what she has done. It’s a patch-get over it. I read these types of comments everyday, never do I say a word. Today is the first time I’ve ever bothered. Like she said (if you actually read the article) that is someone’s father, brother, son. Does anything else matter? Prayers to the victims family and a big thank you to everyone who participated in the vigil. We never know, one day it might be one of our family members and we may need the same.

    • Rachel O’Mens MC Workman

      Thank you ajayboguard! I’m Rachel I could care less what they say. It’s a patch right but I do not feed into negativity.

      • Shelia Fleming

        Rach, You are a wonderful person- you have been there for my son-” FREAK” and I watched you in action helping with school give always and I wanna say God loves every body- it is sad that every body doesn’t love God back – I pray for all of you and for the family of the man who died and the family of the ones who killed- keep doing your works of kindness and God Bless all the Clubs who offered their Peace at this time. Those without sin, cast the first stone- you feel me ? God have Mercy on all it has effected – pain on both sides- Peace – Mercy – and Grace- but The Greatest of all Love

  • Terez Imsoversatile Atwood

    It’s crazy how someone says something nice about this man and not only did they bring up his charges but all the people who said something nice about him, charges. As if to say that the people that said something nice are criminals too. Shame on you chronicle. RIP Elryiaisadump….really.

  • SniperFire

    ‘ We’re not animals, we’re human beings.’

    Not judging by your behavior. A thirty person brawl? Really??

  • Chan

    Interesting that so many have an opinion about this story but not one person who commented here commented on the white guy for damn near killing his girlfriend, her asking for leniency in his sentence and him only getting 7 years. Leads me to believe that most of you racist bigots who only have an opinion when it comes to other ethnic groups but dare say nothing about your own scumbag people!

    • SniperFire

      U mad? Nobody is buying the peace, love and understanding nonsense in this story as it applies to biker gangs and a culture where 30 people will kick down doors and brawl in the streets to kill one another.

    • Sis Delish

      A Black Youth was murdered. You should be axsing why you hear nothing from Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, et al., even though in the photo, he was wearing the same clothes a Theorectical child of Obama would be wearing, no uproar from the shakedown artists–not a peep.

      As for the “white guy” dig, she’s still alive.

      • Jim Gregory

        For the record, I am white. You are trash and a disgrace to our race. Like Sniperfire, you would not be making these comments if not hiding behind your username. I’m all for freedom of speech, but don’t hide like a coward behind your username.

        • Sis Delish

          You speak from Guilt… The facts are what they are, and had this not been B-on-B Crime, you bet those race hustlers would have flown in on their private aircraft, been staying at the Ritz in Downtown Cleveland before marching over to Elyria in a limousine to shine a light on this horrible crime against this innocent child.

          • Jim Gregory

            So I’m the “guilt-ridden whitey”? What other lame cliche excuses are you going to use to put me down and defend your hatred and bigotry? If this was a “W-on-W” crime you wouldn’t be posting about it. People speak ignorance about things they know little about, for you that would be anything involving a race that is not Caucasian. So you’re a racist, whatever, fine by me. You will not impact my life one bit other than giving me reason to shake my head from time to time. That is your prerogative, but stop hiding behind your pointed hat, I mean username.

          • SniperFire

            You do realize that the entire world is racist, and that whenever polled blacks readily admit to being much more racist than other races, right? See, the only difference is that white people are the only race expected not to be racist. Held to a superior standard, you see.

            That was a free lesson. You are welcome.

          • Jim Gregory

            Incorrect. There are many people out there in this world, such as myself, whose dislike of others stems from the individual’s ignorance, not race. I dislike ignorant people, such as yourself, of all races. So I guess I’m more equal opportunity, where you hold hate for specific races. Thanks for the lesson you can keep it, free or otherwise. By the way, I wouldn’t pay you to clean the reservoir for the bathroom of my RV.

          • SniperFire

            ‘Incorrect. ‘

            Nothing I said was incorrect, your lame attempt at arguing anecdotal exception, notwithstanding. (Look up that big word).

            You are deflecting.

            You suck at debate, don’t you? No need to answer. That was rhetorical. LOL

          • Sis Delish

            Stick to the facts. This wasn’t W-on-W crime, but nice try.

            And, as I share the same opinions as Bill Cosby about this senseless, useless, demoralizing, counter-productive behavior, the Jello-O guy must fall short of your expectations as well.

            I prefer to think of your comments in the old-fashion vernacular: “Takes one to know one”. Why you would even suggest that a Caucasian cannot know anything involving race that is not Caucasian is absurd and your use of the Race Card is disappointing.

            While you are at it, go and defend your position of being a new Poster to this site (your real name?) who’s only impetus is to hassle a few commentators who typically are spot-on with their editorial and factual postings.

  • guest

    im horrified you are gone.you will be missed very much.you were on the right path to changing,this was a horrible mistake and it can never be forgotten or forgiven.R.I.P. love,you deserve it after all you been through.

  • Dawn Helton

    Wow is that girl? She is not his sister. Just a friend. His real family is going through a hard time right now..

  • spoken

    So sad, my condolences God bless the family

  • ekwaykway

    Check out the guy looking all sad and stupid with his hat on backwards. As if he actually believed this could never happen.

  • SniperFire

    Wonder what Strupe did to cross them? Must have been bad for such a gangsta hit.

  • tomfeher

    I’m a “white racist biker”, I have patches on my vest like ” Kill your local drug dealer. I have had both Zulu members and ‘O’men members talk with me just like I was a human! It’s long past time we stop worrying about what color someone’s skin is, the drugs that are killing our young people don’t discriminate and neither should we. And Rachel remember ” when we do right no one remembers, when we do wrong no one forgets”

    • Melissa Merrill Snyder

      I’ve met Rachel once and heard about her good works in the community. I know a number of ‘bikers’ that are the BEST people in the world. I would trust them with my life and would give them my last dollar if they needed it. People look down on bikers…especially Harley riders. Look at the price of some of those bikes…you don’t buy those on minimum wage jobs. I don’t know the young man that was killed but maybe, just maybe, he was trying to make a change. Don’t judge, even the worst criminal is loved by his/her family.

  • Rob Bennett

    What I don’t understand and somebody could help me out in understanding is why is it that anytime somebody dies in the hood they talk about how good of a person they were? Is it just the lifestyle that people become used to all of this that they are blind to the lifestyle that these people live? They are always “trying to get their life on track” “be a good father to their kids” so sad that these people die and people are left grieving. The hypocrisy of it all is you STILL choose to ignore the life they have lived even after they die. People need to wakeup Drugs, Armed Robbery, breaking and entering,weapons charges are not something a “good person” does. When you say these things about a person I’m sorry but it makes it comedic to people that don’t live this lifestyle that chooses to live life within the law. A death should never be comedic, it is a sad event. You make it a farce by choosing the stay blind. Teach your children right from wrong, set an example to them. Don’t cover up for them their whole lives.