The suspect wanted for the murder of a Warren mother of four had just been released from jail one week before and was prohibited from having a gun.

Police are looking for 19-year-old Noel Flores of Warren in connection with Saturday morning’s shooting death of Ashante Kirksey at Her Francis Ave. SE. home.

Neighbors reported hearing several gunshots at around 2 a.m. Saturday, followed by the sound of screams.

Soon after shots were fired one man ran across nearby yards down the street, with another man running after him.

The Warren Police report from the incident also states that another second person was shot at the same location, but the second person was not identified in the report. 

Police have issued a murder warrant for Flores, who according to court records was on probation after serving two months in the Trumbull County Jail for an August aggravated menacing incident at the Royal Mall apartment complex in Niles.

In addition to the jail sentence, a judge in Niles Municipal Court banned Flores from owning firearms and ordered him to stay away from his victim and the Royal Mall.

Warren Municipal Court records show Flores, of Martin Street, having previous cases of felonious assault and criminal trespass against him.

21 News reported that Warren Police were looking for Flores, then 18, for his alleged connection to an April 24, 2022, shooting in the Warren Heights area. The 17-year-old victim in that shooting was treated for what the police report described as a major traumatic injury.
The case was sent to the Trumbull County Grand Jury which declined to hand up an indictment against Flores.

Court records show a warrant was issued for Flores in the felonious assault case on April 28, 2022.

Warren Councilwoman Cheryl Saffold, who describes Kirksey as an extended family member, said it is her understanding Kirksey's boyfriend was the intended target.


Ashante Kirksey

 The 26-year-old licensed practical nurse had moved into the home about two weeks ago, according to neighbors.

 Anyone who knows Flores’ whereabouts or has information about the homicide is asked to contact Detective Nick Carney at 330-841-2660.