Thiel College Mourns Student’s Tragic Death in Youngstown Shooting

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Thiel College community is grieving the loss of first-year student Te’nya McKinley, who was tragically killed in a shooting on Sunday night along Glenwood Avenue near Sherwood Avenue.

The 18-year-old was identified through social media posts as the victim of the incident. Confirmed by the source wfmj

“We are profoundly heartbroken by the loss of Te’nya McKinley, a vibrant and promising student whose presence was felt by all who knew her,” said Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Mike McKinney, Ed.D.

“Our heartfelt condolences are with her family, friends, and the entire Thiel community during this difficult time.”

To support students during this tragic period, Thiel College’s counseling staff will be available for immediate support.

The counseling center will be open Wednesday until 4 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can also schedule appointments via email or contact the College’s Public Safety office for 24/7 emergency support.

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McKinley was found inside an SUV with multiple bullet holes, shattered windows, and two flat tires. She was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Nearly 100 shell casings were discovered at the scene, and YPD’s Shotspotter recorded 131 rounds fired during the incident.

YPD Lt. Mohammad Awad linked the shooting to multiple “car meets” that occurred throughout the day, where participants disregarded traffic laws and safety.

Despite several witnesses, no one has come forward with information. Police confirmed that McKinley was an innocent bystander.

As the investigation continues, Thiel College and the broader community remain united in mourning the senseless loss of a promising young life.

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