Arrest in church shooting

| January 30, 2010

YOUNGSTOWN – Police here have arrested Jamar Antonio Houser, 18, of Youngstown, charged in the shooting death of and 80-year-old woman last week in a church parking lot.

Tribune Chronicle news partner News Channel 33 was reporting that Mahoning County Task Force officers and its SWAT team surrounded a South Side home on Volney Road near Mill Creek Park just after 7 p.m. Friday, related to the shooting death of Angeline Fimognari.

Houser, who also goes by the alias ''Mook,'' was not present, but police executed a search warrant at the home. Officers later arrested Houser at Market Street and Philadelphia in Youngstown.

The man is accused of shooting Fimognari in the head early Saturday while she was in her car in the parking lot of St. Dominic Church on the city's South Side.

Houser is charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated murder.

Police found Fimognari slumped behind the wheel just after 9:30 a.m. Fimognari was shot to death in the St. Dominic parking lot Saturday after leaving the parish by herself. Police believe someone tried to rob her.

Since her death, officials have encouraged area residents to become involved in block watch groups, and members of the church said the incident would not discourage them from attending mass there.

Bishop of the Youngstown Diocese George V. Murry led a mass in honor of Fimognari. He also assured worshippers that it was still safe to attend church at St. Dominic and encouraged people to pray for Fimognari's family and to help people in need so they do not turn to violence.

Fimognari was laid to rest Wednesday. At the Mass for Fimognari at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Boardman, members of the community, shocked and outraged at the attack, packed the pews to remember the 80-year-old who attended church twice a day and volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Youngstown detectives had received tips that the shooter may have been a black male in his 20s, 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, with close cut hair.

The City of Youngstown and the Greater Youngstown Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for Fimognari's murder. People with information on the crime were urged to call the tip line anonymously at 330-746-CLUE or Youngstown Police at 330-742-8921.

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Category: Church Security