Victim identified in Dayton’s latest homicide

Police on the scene of latest homicide (WDTN Photo/Jarod Thrush)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton Police are still searching for the suspects after a man is found shot to death in a truck.

Around 11 p.m Friday, Dayton police were dispatched to the corner of Oakridge Drive and Lorenz Avenue  just outside of Smith’s Carry-out on shots fired in the area. When they arrived, police found a Chevy pickup truck with a man inside, shot several times.

The victim has now been identified as Ja’Tywan Easterling, 26, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

“I was upstairs and I heard a pop, pop, pop. When I came downstairs I saw the police,” a witness said.

According to police, Easterling had been shot three times in the torso and head.

Police say it’s unclear how many guns were used. But, witnesses told them the suspects were shooting from both sides of the truck.

Three suspects were reported running from the scene.

A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit was brought in to track them, but the dog lost their scent on the corner of Kilmer and Edison streets.

Police are still looking for a motive, but they don’t believe it was robbery or drug-related.

Police hope to use surveillance video from the carry-out to obtain suspect information.

They’re asking the public for any information to help solve this homicide.

Call Crime Stoppers at 222-7867 (STOP) if you can help police. You don’t have to give your name and you could receive a reward. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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