Two gun-related double homicides in less than a week in Trotwood brings this year’s rate to almost the total number of homicides the city had in 2015.
But residents should not be alarmed, city officials said.
“These were two situations involving known associates,” Trotwood interim city manager and public safety director Quincy Pope said Monday. “In both cases, the common denominator is drugs and violence. Neither one of these were random acts of violence.”
Trotwood police Capt. John Porter said that, despite unknown suspects in multiple homicides on the loose, only people involved in drugs or violence should be concerned.
“The number of homicides that we’ve had since the beginning of the year does concern me, however, these are isolated incidents,” Porter said Monday. “We believe that everyone here in the city is still fairly safe. These incidents are occurring because of the type of activity that these people have chosen to partake in.”
Trotwood had five homicides in 2015, four involving guns. The city had one homicide in 2014 that did not involve guns and two in 2013 that both involved weapons.
Asked about drugs and violence in Trotwood, Pope said “I don’t think it’s a major problem” and that the city partners with the Dayton police department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in an anti-gun violence initiative.
“The central question is whether or not citizens are safe and absolutely they’re safe,” Pope said. “The best thing we can do is continue to education our citizens about the dangers of drugs and how that brings on violence.”
On Feb. 1, 16-year-old Kettering Fairmont High School student Antoine Jones and 20-year-old Fausto Sosa were found shot to death in a car at a residence on Curundu Avenue. Police said that incident also involved drugs.
Porter said preliminary investigation indicates Steven R. Mallory of West Carrollton shot and killed Chester R. Williams at 89 Devonshire Ave. at about 3 a.m. Sunday after an argument involving drugs. Police said Mallory or a woman with Mallory was attempting to purchase drugs. Williams, 25, died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Police have not released any description of suspects in either double homicide and said that the two incidents are not related.
Police said that after shooting Williams, Mallory got in his van, where he got into a shootout with an unknown suspect. Mallory, 26, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.
Diana Kane, Williams’ mother, said her son didn’t want a woman in his home selling a single Xanax to either Mallory or the woman with him.
“These kids these days carrying guns and shooting each other and stuff — my son, he didn’t have a weapon on him,” Kane said. “He asked somebody to leave his home twice and he got shot and killed for it.”
Kane said her 1-year-old grandson was in the house when the son she called “C.J.” was shot and she’s worried about more violence in Drexel, which police said is a low-income, higher-crime area of Trotwood.
“It’s just devastated me because no mother should have to bury her children,” she said. “And when young kids are out there carrying guns and stuff, think twice about it.
“Don’t just go shooting people just because you get in an argument or something. Do like the olden days, get in a straight-up fist fight, take what you’ve got to take or give what you’ve got to give and just go on with it.”
Kane said her son head-butted Mallory before Mallory head-butted him back, pulled out a gun and shot Williams in the face. “He didn’t deserve this,” Kane said. “A head-butt does not deserve a bullet.”
Mallory’s sisters said he suffered from schizophrenia and ADHD and was under the care of a psychologist. They said Mallory, though he had learning challenges, was non-violent unless backed into a corner.
“It seems like they’re telling their side of the story and there’s no one there to tell his side of the story, what actually happened,” Albertina Porter said of Williams’ family.
“I’m lost,” said another sister, Leshaunna Mallory. “I know my brother’s gone and he’s not coming back.”
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