A Dayton juvenile is scheduled to be in court today in the shooting death of a 75-year-old woman near an RTA bus stop last month.
Police have not yet identified the 17-year-old suspect but said they are confident he was the shooter.
“When we got done with the interviewing process, he did make some admissions,” said Sgt. Richard Blommel of the Dayton Police Department’s homicide division.
The male was arrested Friday night in connection with the Sept. 13 slaying of Take Gangloff, of Dayton. Gangloff was found dead — of a gunshot to the head — on the sidewalk near a Greater Dayton RTA bus stop at the intersection of Norwood Avenue and Mound Street.
Blommel said the crime struck a chord with citizens, who provided the tips that led to the arrest.
“This was such a heinous crime that we got numerous calls,” he said. “People normally don’t get involved.”
Officials at the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office have yet to officially charge the suspect and said they expect a three-prosecutor panel to look over the case before charges are approved. They said that will happen Friday afternoon “at the earliest,” eventhough the teen is sceduled to appear in Montgomery County Juvenile Court today.
Gangloff, a native of Okinawa, Japan, had no family in the area because her remains went unclaimed. Members of the Okinawa Tomonokai of Ohio, a group of first and second generation Okinawans, took it upon themselves to plan a funeral for Gangloff after hearing of her death.
“We don’t know her but life is so important and so precious,” Kazumi Makowski said.
Gangloff’s family members who still reside in Japan sent a statement authorizing the group to organize the arrangements. “Please let her rest in peace in the land of America,” nephew Masahiro Zayasu said.
The funeral will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday in the activities room at Georgetown Village, 2 Kosmo Dr., where Gangloff lived.
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