DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton homicide detectives do not believe the recent shooting death of a Trotwood teen was a random act of violence.
Investigators responded to the 400 block of Westwood Avenue in Dayton Sunday after a neighbor called 911 and told dispatchers there was a dead body in an alley near her home. Police had responded to the same location Saturday after neighbors reported hearing shots fired. Officers responded but did not locate any suspicious activity.
On Monday, officials with the Montgomery County Coroner’s office formally identified the body to be that of Deandre Lamar Choice, 15, of Trotwood.
In a press conference Monday afternoon, Dayton police lieutenant Wendy Stiver said Choice was shot three times.
“We believe Deandre knew the person(s) who shot and killed him,” said Lt. Stiver.
Dayton homicide detectives are working closely with Trotwood investigators to piece together a timeline of events that led up to Choice’s death.
“Choice was last seen at DJ’s Party House on Hoover Avenue in Dayton Friday night,” said Lt. Stiver. “He was supposed to go to a friend’s house, but never arrived.”
Family of the victim told 2 NEWS they contacted Trotwood Police late Saturday, early Sunday after a friend of Deandre contacted them and said Deandre had been taken against his will. Lt. Stiver could not confirm this information.
Investigators are using social media to help in the investigation. On Saturday morning, Deandre posted a picture on Facebook of himself holding a large sum of cash.
“We are aware of the picture and we are looking into it,” said Lt. Stiver.
If you have any information that may help with the investigation, call Crime Stoppers at 222-7867.