Community Mourns as Young Man’s Life Cut Short in Early Morning Shooting at Warren Apartment Complex

Warren, Ohio — A tragic event unfolded early Wednesday in the southwest area of Warren, where a young man was fatally shot in his apartment. Local police have identified the victim as 29-year-old Kardell Lowery. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the Hampshire House apartments, having sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

The incident was reported to authorities around 6 a.m. at an address on Fifth Street SW. Witnesses told police that a distressing one-minute emergency call was made by a female resident of the complex at approximately 6:12 a.m., urgently requesting assistance.

Councilwoman Honeya Price, who represents the Sixth Ward where the incident occurred, expressed deep sorrow over the event, highlighting her personal ties to Lowery. Price, previously a school and family liaison for Warren City Schools, recalled Lowery’s growing up years, noting, “I’ve known him and his family since he was in third grade.”

Price conveyed her shock and disbelief upon hearing the news, given her recent interaction with Lowery weeks prior. “It deeply saddens me; our last conversation was just a few weeks ago, and I had no idea that would be the last time we would talk,” she remarked.

Amidst her grief, Price made efforts to engage community leaders in addressing the shooting. Her first outreach was to Pastor Joseph Walker of Restoration Christian Fellowship Church, an advocate for violence interruption within the community. Walker, also the president of the Trumbuth County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, elucidated their strategy of involving local churches in dealing collaboratively with such community crises.

“We aim to prevent retaliatory violence and help modify behaviors to reduce the chain of repeated offenses,” Walker explained. He highlighted ongoing community efforts where religious and community groups convene at crime scenes to support the bereaved families, often bridging gaps with local law enforcement.

Moreover, Walker shared plans for an upcoming program targeted at younger demographics, including those in their 20s and 30s. The initiative focuses on education around emotion management and de-escalation techniques to preemptively curb potential conflicts.

Councilwoman Price also discussed broader social issues contributing to community violence. She emphasized the importance of early education in self-discipline, conflict resolution, and trauma-informed care. Price argued that these foundational skills are crucial in managing adversities and preventing violent reactions.

In an appeal to the community, Price pressed for a proactive approach in conflict resolution that transcends familial bounds, criticizing the impersonal nature of social media conflicts. “Historically, families would communicate directly to resolve issues. We need to reinstate such practices to effectively deal with confrontations.”

This incident has sparked a broader dialogue on violence, intervention, and the necessary community and familial roles in fostering a safer environment. As the community mourns the loss of Lowery, leaders are calling for collective action to tackle underlying issues and heal the community from recurrent violence.