Twelve hours after a boy’s body was found Thursday by a woman out for a walk, neighbors started a small memorial of flowers and stuffed animals for Tyler McIntoush where only a blood stain remained.
“Little baby. Didn't even know what life was,” said Lisa Williams who lives behind where the 16-year-old Toledo boy was found dead.
Police were called at 3:19 a.m. Thursday when a passerby spotted the body on the sidewalk in front of 2957 Collingwood Blvd., near Nottingham Terrace. An autopsy was performed Thursday. Dr. James Patrick, Lucas County coroner, ruled the death a homicide from a gunshot to the head. He also suffered a gunshot to a leg.
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Ms. Williams said she heard four shots. “Pop, pop, pop, pop, back to back,” she said. “I thought, 'Lord have mercy.' I ducked because bullets can come through windows.”
Ms. Williams said about 30 to 45 minutes passed between hearing the gunshots and seeing police arrive outside the Old West End duplex where she lives.
It was not clear if anyone called 911 to report the gunfire. Police have no suspects and no motives.
Ms. Williams and her family described the McIntoush youth as a good kid who never got into trouble. He wasn't in a gang. He worked, he went to school. His demeanor and posture, they said, told you that even when he was out of sight he wasn't the type who would get into trouble.
The teen was scheduled to start his junior year at the Maritime Academy next month. His body was found less than a half-mile from his mother’s home on Collingwood.
He had worked at Netty's ice cream shop, 305 S. Fearing Blvd., since March, where owner Angie Helberg said he was the only boy working with a crew of girls.
“He was always smiling and on time. He was a good employee and a great kid,” she said. “He's gonna be missed.”
The McIntoush youth is the youngest to be killed by gunfire in Toledo this year. He is the second 16-year-old to be shot this week, which has seen one shooting every day since Monday. Since Jan. 1 there have been 79 shootings in the city. Eighteen of the victims are teenagers, the youngest being 15.
A 35-year-old Toledo man was shot late Wednesday, police said. That man, Parrish Quinn, told police he was robbed and then shot in an arm at 2255 W. Laskey Rd., near Douglas and Tremainsville roads, at about 10:15 p.m.
No arrests have been made.
Police ask that anyone with information about either shooting call Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111.
An anti-gang-violence rally and march is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at Central and Detroit avenues.
“This event is for everyone,” said Chris MacBrayer, who is one of the men putting on the annual 2 Mile Rally & March 2 Stop Gang Violence. “It only takes one bullet for it to be hitting close to home.”
The march will lead people along Detroit Avenue to Indiana Avenue where there will be activities for children and free food.