KENT — Police are calling last week’s death of an Ashtabula native a homicide, the Kent Police Department announced Monday.
Franklin J. Benedict, 26, was found shot to death shortly after noon Wednesday inside his Lincolnwood Terrace apartment on Fleeter Court, near Kent State University, said Lt. Michael Lewis of the Kent Police Department.
A graduate of Edgewood High School, Benedict is the son of Rick and Tina (Wright) Benedict of Ashtabula. His sister, Alyvia (John) Camplese, and a half-brother, also live in Ashtabula, according to his obituary.
Benedict worked at the Streetsboro Wal-Mart as a supervisor on third shift, according to his obituary.
He last attended KSU in spring semester 2013, said Eric Mansfield of KSU media relations.
Kent police have requested assistance from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, according to a release from the Kent Police.
Police and the Portage County Coroner’s Office are not releasing any more information at this time.
Anyone who might have any information on the case is asked to call the KPD non-emergency line at 330-673-7732.