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 WARREN, Ohio - The suspect in one of the murders blamed for raising tensions in the city of Warren is jailed without bond.

26-year-old Tashawn Walker appeared in municipal court Thursday morning for the shooting deatof 24-year-old Richard Rollison IV at a gas station on October 26.

Since Walker was arrested in Texas following the murder, the judge determined that  he is a flight risk and ordered that he be held in the Trumbull County  Jail. 

Walker's motive for murder is still under investigation, but investigators believe that the shooting may be related to a fight that erupted at the J&L Bar in Warren township.

Tashawn Walker was in Warren for the funeral of his brother Taemarr Walker, who was shot by a Warren police officer one week earlier.

Since that shooting, police have been on a heightened state of alert.

At a Wednesday afternoon news conference in Warren, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said that federal authorities have been working with Mayor Doug Franklin and the police chief to address crime issues.

Police Chief Eric Merkel tells 21 News that his department is working with federal authorities and plan to focus on individuals that are believed to have ties to the recent violence and threats in the city. Merkel says some individuals could be brought in for questioning in the future. The department's Safer Streets Initiative begins December 20. 

Meanwhile, students in the Warren City School district are back to their normal routines after last Friday's football game was cancelled due to a high level threat. 

Warren G. Harding's principal organized a pep rally Monday, which recognized seniors and athletes in each sport. While 29 senior band members missed out on an opportunity to perform on their home field once last time, the district's superintendent says they'll have a second chance at their winter concert on December 11.

"At they're winter concert, we're going to recognize them, the parents will be able to escort them and it will be a nice event, we have a great turnout every year," Michael Notar says. 

The Raymond John Wean Foundation is working with other organizations, parents and a school district representative to host a community event called Warren Pride. The event is still in the planning stages.

 

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