Demphle Avenue homicide under investigation

The day after a fatal shooting on Dayton's east side, homicide detectives were sorting through a deluge of information Thursday, trying to determine what happened at 1028 Demphle Ave.

Jonathan Scott Rogers, 21, was shot in the chest there at about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday and died at Miami Valley Hospital at about 10:45 p.m.

His brother Bobby Flynn said the victim and his girlfriend were expecting a baby and Rogers was excited to become a father.

"It's just depressing that he's not gonna get to see his kid born," Flynn said. "He was gonna be a great dad."

Six people, including his girlfriend, witnessed the shooting. All were questioned by detectives, but no one was arrested.

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"There were a lot of people involved in this. There was a lot of evidence," Dayton Police Lt. Wendy Stiver said. "There's a lot of work left for the detectives to do to figure out what happened."

Several young people who answered the door at 1028 Demphle on Thursday declined to comment on the shooting.

Rogers lived at the home, reportedly with numerous other individuals.

"Anytime somebody needed someplace to stay, he never turned anybody away," Flynn said. "He wasn't perfect, but he was a good person."

Rogers worked various jobs, most recently at Dayton Industrial Drum.

Taylor Bailey, who lives two doors down and identified herself as a family friend, said she's known Rogers most of her life and considers him her brother.

She said from what she's heard, the shooter was someone known by the residents of the home who may have been trying to rob them.

Sgt. Shawn Smiley said police discovered narcotics in the house that may or may not be connected to the incident. Police have not said whether a gun was recovered at the scene.

Rogers was convicted last year of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and is registered as a Tier II sex offender.

"It was a big misunderstanding is what it was. He thought she was 18, because he met her at the Hookah Bar," Bailey said.

It is unknown at this time if his death had anything to do with that crime. His death marks the third homicide in Dayton this year.

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