Memorial now stands where Dayton man killed

Flowers, balloons now sit at corner where 26-year-old Jatywan Easterling was shot and killed

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- A memorial now sits where 26-year-old Ja’Tywan Easterling was found shot to death.

Dayton Police were called to the intersection of Oakridge Drive and Lorenz Avenue around 11 Friday night.

They say Easterling was shot at least three times in the head and chest.

It’s unclear how many guns were used.

“We have witnesses that observed three young males hanging outside the car, possibly both shooting inside car and then taking off running down the street to an unknown address.  K9 crew came out tried to attempt to track all the suspects but lost the suspects’ scent at the intersection of Kilmer and Edison,” explains Sgt. Creigee Coleman.

Police don’t have a good description of the suspects but they’re hoping surveillance video from the nearby Smith’s Grocery Store will help identify them.

Right now, police don’t have a motive for the homicide.

“It doesn’t appear to be a robbery .  It doesn’t appear to be drug-related.  At this point in time, we’re not sure exactly what took place here,” says Sgt. Coleman.

Easterling’s family has set up a fund to offset funeral expenses. Donors can contribute at any Wright-Patt Credit Union branch. Be sure to mention it is for the Ja’Tywan Q. Easterling fund.

This isn’t the first time there’s been a shooting at that location.

In November, police told us a man showed up at Good Samaritan Hospital with several gunshot wounds.  We’re told he knocked on a woman’s door near Lorenz Avenue and Oakridge Drive asking for help.  She then took him to the hospital.

Last September, police said a 13-year-old boy claimed he was shot while playing basketball in the 44-hundred block of Oakridge Drive. He has non-life-threatening injuries.

If you have any information on this homicide, call Crimestoppers at 222-7867 (STOP).

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