December 18, 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.