Centerville teen killed in shooting leaves ‘unfillable holes in our hearts’

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An unidentified man is suspected of killing one teen and critically wounding another early Friday in a shooting outside a home east of Lebanon, according to an incident report released Monday by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Also Monday, funeral arrangements were announced for Mason Nicholas Trudics, 18, a Warren County Career Center student from Centerville killed in the shooting reported shortly before 3 a.m. Friday at the house at 1869 Oregonia Road in Turtlecreek Twp.

Also Monday, authorities indicated the surviving victim — Logan E. Dean, 16, of Centerville — is expected to survive.

Tobias Funeral Home Far Hills Chapel is handling Trudics’ arrangements.

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His obituary read: "He loved video games and anime, and had a passion for drawing and annoying his parents. He was also a fierce and loyal friend who knew who he was and stood up for what he believed in."

Trudics was a Centerville High School student enrolled in the Warren County Career Center’s criminal justice program, where he was a sergeant.

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“He was only given 18 years with us, but Mason gave us enough laughter and love to last several lifetimes. He leaves behind his parents, his sisters, his grandparents, and many more relatives and friends, all with unfillable holes in our hearts,” the obituary said.

Visitation is scheduled for 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday at the chapel, 5741 Far Hills Dr. in Washington Twp.

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The partial incident report released Monday indicated the suspect in the shootings is an unknown white male and listed two residents as reportee and witness to the shootings.

Prowlers had been reported in the area before the shooting.

The shooting was discovered by deputies responding Friday to a 2:48 a.m. 911 call to the home, just east of Lebanon.

“Detectives have determined that minutes before this call was received, there was gunfire outside near the residence, which left one 18-year-old male dead and one juvenile critically wounded. Neither of them lived at this residence,” according to a statement issued Friday by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

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The sheriff’s office declined additional comment Monday. The partial incident report was the only information released Monday by the sheriff’s office.

The owners of the home are James D. and Kristy L. Carmack, according to Warren County property records.

The owners could not be reached for comment, nor could families of the two teenagers shot.

Dean’s condition was critical Friday, according to the sheriff’s office. No update was provided Monday, except that he was expected to survive.

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“While we are still very early into this investigation, we strongly believe there is no danger to residents,” Chief Deputy Barry Riley said Friday.

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