DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Signs decorate the home where Brandon Shells lived.
The 18-year-old was found Sunday about 5 miles away on Boyer Street in Dayton dead from a gun shot.
Online friends and family are mourning his loss.
The story is the same for two other men killed in the last 48 hours.
Allen Lindeman from Michigan died in a shooting at a Leo Street apartment Saturday.
Ruben Rojas Suarez was shot to death on Lenita Avenue Monday.
"We have not established any clear links between any of these cases," says Dayton Police Lt. Wendy Stiver.
Dayton police say the shooting deaths bring the year's total for murders to 23.
That compares to 20 at this time last year.
"Overall you have to look at the bigger picture," Stiver says. "We've seen a reduction in the last several years not only in gun crime but in homicides."
Stiver says this time in 2011 the number of murders was 31.
But even with the downward trend in homicides, Stiver says the three deaths this weekend and a shooting on Emerson that critically injured a man are troubling.
"All four of them were gun crimes and that is of concern for us," Stiver says. "We have made investigating and preventing gun crimes a huge priority."
Stiver says the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence has helped along with those in neighborhoods willing to step forward.
"The key issue on all of them is we really need community involvement not only to do the investigation but to prevent violent crime."
Stiver says right now there are no suspects in any of the four shootings. If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 222-7867.
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