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Uncle wants justice for 17-year-old shot to death

Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 @ 9:35 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 6:01 AM

Family of 17-year-old shot looking for answers

The 17-year-old boy who was shot and killed Tuesday night was identified as Devonta Hoskins of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

  • The shooting happened in the 300 block of Roxbury Road in Dayton
  • Between 50 and 75 juveniles were involved in a disturbance in the area
  • Police activity Wednesday morning in Trotwood was related to the shooting



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The victim was identified as Devonta Hoskins, 17, of Dayton. Dayton police continue to investigate the homicide.

“During the course of their investigation, homicide detectives have determined that a large fight occurred at Residence Park, and as the crowd began running from the area, shots were fired toward the victim, striking him,” according to a police media release.

No arrests have been made while detectives continue to follow up on leads.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 937-333-2677 or Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP (7867).

Patrick Greene, uncle of Devonta Hoskins, said his nephew attended Belmont High School and was close to graduating. He said his nephew played baseball and basketball.

“I want to know what happened to my nephew … He would never do no wrong to anybody,” Greene said. “I hope justice gets served on this one for real because you all just killed a little kid. He’s 17 years old. Didn’t even begin to start his life yet.”

A 911 caller late Tuesday said there were several vehicles in the area of Residence Park around the time of the shooting that killed a 17-year-old male.

“The people are gone but a little boy just got shot,” said the female 911 caller. “There are some people still riding around in the park, ma’am I got to get out because it’s dangerous out here.”

Dayton police detectives confirmed Wednesday morning that police activity in the area of Stubbs Drive and Molly Avenue in Trotwood was related to the homicide in Dayton.

Our crew on the scene observed three people being transported in police cruisers from a reported traffic stop near that intersection in Trotwood. The vehicle stopped was also towed from the scene, reportedly for involvement in a homicide.

Detectives would not say if they had a suspect in custody, or what was the suspected involvement in the homicide by the three people taken from the scene.

Around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, police received multiple calls for shots fired in various locations in West Dayton, said Lt. Mark Ponichtera of the Dayton Police Department. Officers also received information that between 50-75 juveniles were involved in a disturbance in the area, but the crowd had dispersed by the time police arrived at the scene, Ponichtera said.

Moments later, police received more calls about shootings in the 400 block of Elmhurst Road. Upon investigating, officers discovered that a 17-year-old boy had been shot in the 300 block of Roxbury Road, Ponichtera said, noting that the victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital by a private vehicle.

A couple of hours before the shooting occurred, a group of young people were arguing on a nearby basketball court, said a resident who asked not to be identified. One group ended up on one side Elmhurst Road and the others were across the street and they continued exchanging words.

The unidentified resident said when the argument got heated, her son ran toward his house, but before he arrived, he heard several shots fired from what seemed to be multiple guns.

“We don’t know if anybody is dead on my lawn or not,” the resident said.

There was blood on the street and shell casings on the ground, and bullet holes in vehicles in the area.