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19-year-old shot and killed in Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Police are trying to find out who shot and killed a 19-year-old man Thursday night. 

The victim, Daniel Watkins, was shot in the chest, inside a car parked in the driveway of a home at 3721 Loveland Road.

A report of gunfire brought police to the house shortly after 11:30 Thursday night. They found a Pontiac Firebird in the driveway with the passenger door open, and the driver slumped over the center console.

Watkins was transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, where he died in the emergency room.

According to the police report, a witness said a passenger in the car fired the shots and then ran from the scene toward Buckeye Circle.

Watkins graduated just last year from Boardman High School where he was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team. His former coach, Bob Beam, is attending a baseball camp in North Carolina, and says he was shocked when he got the news about Watkins death.

"I just remember him as that kid who had a lot of fun on the baseball field. A great pitcher for us, a good kid," says Beam.

Beam says he broke the news to some of players who are also attending the camp.

"The other kids were on JV's, but everyone knew Danny, so obviously they were a little shaken up by what happened," he says.

In April of this year, Watkins was in the news when he was arrested and charged with theft for stealing IPhones from the locker room at the Boardman YMCA.

That case was still pending and Watkins was due back in court next Tuesday for a pre-trial proceeding.

Beam says Watkins has a very supportive family.

"My prayers and thoughts are with the family. He's got great parents; they're a good family and, like I said, it's just a real tragedy what happened," says Beam.

 Police are looking into why Watkins was at the Loveland Road address and say detectives have other people they plan to interview.


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