City worker’s son shot dead in Ohio

Published 9:57 am Saturday, May 30, 2009

A City of Greenville employee’s son was killed when he was shot to death in Canton, Ohio early Wednesday morning.

Debra Ruffin’s son, De’Andre Ruffin, 22, was one of three people killed when a gunman opened fire outside of the White Crown Cafe, according to The Canton Repository. Debra Ruffin works with the city’s parks and recreation department and has for almost two years, said Jerome Harris, GPRD director.

“She’s a good worker,” said Harris. “She’s tore up, understandably. That’s a phone call you never want to get in the morning…that your son has been killed.”

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Harris said De’Andre Ruffin was living in Canton with his grandmother.

The Repository reported that Melissa L. Pinney, 31, and Jonathon Pierce, 32, both of Canton, were also killed in the shooting, and that authorities believe they have identified the man responsible for the shooting: Edward C. Martino III, 24, who has a criminal history.

The Repository reported that Martino had “recently finished a two-month house arrest for attacking two women,” punching one woman in the jaw and striking another with his car.

Canton detective Capt. Bruce Lawver told The Repository that on the night of the shooting Martino had been fighting in the bar, but the victims were not involved.

Friends told The Repository that Ruffin was well-liked, athletic, and played football for Perry High School in Canton, where he graduated in 2005.

Funeral services for De’Andre Ruffin will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Massilon, Ohio.