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Two dead after North Toledo shooting identified

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    Colleen Stamper. She and Santiago Rease were shot to death in a North Toledo alley Thursday evening, January 11. She attended Woodward High School.

 Toledo police identified a man and a woman who were fatally shot Thursday in a North Toledo alley. 

Santiago Rease, 20, and Colleen Stamper, 19, both were shot at least once and were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. 

Police were dispatched at about 7:10 p.m. to an alley in the 2800 block of North Erie Street, where officers found the victims. Details regarding the incident have not been released, but Toledo Police Chief George Kral took to Twitter early Friday to call the “senseless violence” a “cowardly act.” 

“This senseless criminal activity further demonstrates the need for bold action to address gun violence in our community,” Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said Thursday. “Police Chief Kral and I continue to discuss implementation of a local version of ‘Not In My House,’ a program that involves parents and grandparents turning in weapons and drugs owned by a juvenile in their home with no legal consequences. This violence is not acceptable, and neither is sheltering those who commit these violent acts.”

Police initially were told that two males were seen running toward Chase Street, a block away.

No arrests have been made and police continue to investigate. 

The death of Mr. Rease and Ms. Stamper brings Toledo to four homicides for the year.

Quincy Holmes, 24, died of a gunshot wound early Jan. 1 and his vehicle crashed into a South Toledo apartment building. Nehemiah Wright, 11 months, was also killed Jan. 1. The mother’s boyfriend, Eric Mathis, is charged with aggravated murder in connection to the baby’s death. 

Comparatively, there were 5 homicide-related deaths in January 2017. 

Anyone with information should contact the Crime Stopper program at 419-255-1111.

Check back for updates. 

Contact Allison Reamer at, 419-724-6506 or on Twitter @AllisonRBlade.

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