Man murdered in Downtown Youngstown remembered during vigil
Nearly two years to the date, a man that was shot at the Struthers' home where 4-year-old Rowan Sweeney was killed has now been shot to death as well.
The 32-year-old man shot and killed in Downtown Youngstown early Sunday, Sept. 18 has been identified as 32-year-old Yarnell Green Jr.
Green was shot multiple times at 1:39 a.m. on Federal Street near Hazel Street after an altercation broke out at a nearby bar.
The police report stated that foot patrol heard approximately 6 to 8 gunshots, and officers headed east on Federal. Officers chased to males northbound on Federal, but returned and secured the scene.
The police located a handgun along with eight bullet casings at the scene on Federal Street near Phelps St.
Youngstown Police arrested and charged 23-year old Johnny Serrano Jr. of Struthers with the murder of Green Monday afternoon.
Green's sister Sahara Blair told 21 News she believes it was an internal incident and that the two knew each other. Police tell 21 News there are also other parties involved.
The Green family and friends held a vigil and balloon release in his memory on W. Federal St. Monday evening.
"He never harmed nobody," said Shayla Blair, Green's sister to 21 News. "He never did harm. They started it by doing that and killing the 4-year-old boy."
On September 21, 2020, Green was shot along with three others at the Perry Avenue home in Struthers where Rowan Sweeney was killed.
"I don't for real feel blessed because at the end of the day, we lost," Yarnell Green said to 21 News' Chris Cerenelli in January of 2021. "I'm sure happy to be here though for sure."
"He wanted a change in his life," said Harriet Blair, Green's mother to 21 News on Monday. "He worked when he wasn't supposed to work. He tried hard. He stayed sober."
Green's mother told 21 News she viewed Downtown Youngstown as a safe place for her son to be.
"When we got to the hospital, the coroner came out and told us Yarnell was a fighter," Harriet Blair said. "They lost him twice and he came back. The last time, he let go. When he was shot 8 times in 2020 and add several more times this past weekend, his body couldn't take it."
In October of 2020, Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains told 21 News that Green was shot multiple times by alleged shooter Kimonie Bryant. Green at the time was living with Alexis Schneider, Rowan's mother, at the Struthers home. According to Gains, Green was self-employed as a barber in 2020 and received a check for several thousand dollars in federal pandemic unemployment assistance funds.
The next pre-trial with clients date against Bryant, who is charged with aggravated murder and attempted murder in the Sweeney case, is set for Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Judge Anthony D'Apolito's courtroom at 2 p.m.
"You killed him," Shayla said about the suspect. "You took life from us. You took his body but you will never take his soul. He will always live through us and his kids. I told Yarnell's kids to look to Heaven when they want to talk to him."
The motive for the Sunday shooting of Green is not known at this time. Anyone with information on Yarnell Green Jr.'s murder is asked to call Crimestoppers at (330) 746-CLUE or (330) 746-8YPD.