Slain couple's daughter violently assaulted

Attack comes nine days before parents were found dead inside their home.
MCT Regional News
Apr 4, 2013

A daughter of the New Franklin couple found slain Tuesday in their home was stabbed and suffered a skull fracture in an incident March 23 in Akron.

Chelsea Schobert, 18, suffered numerous injuries in the attack at a home on Andrus Street — nine days before her parents, Jeffrey Schobert, 56, and Margaret “Peg” Schobert, 59, were found dead inside their Rex Lake Drive residence.

New Franklin police Detective Mike Hitchings said Wednesday morning his department is working with the Akron Police Department to determine if there is any connection between the incidents.

Jamayne Ruiz, 24, of Akron, a suspect arrested in the attack on Chelsea Schobert, remains in Summit County Jail. He is not a suspect in the double homicide, Hitchings said.

Shawn Ford, 18, of Akron, who Hitchings said is in a relationship with Chelsea Schobert, was questioned Tuesday night by New Franklin police.

Akron police officers who took the March 23 report listed Ford as a witness to the attack. The report did not provide any additional details.

Kent police said Ford was arrested Tuesday night on charges of obstruction of justice and was being held in the Portage County Jail. They were unable to provide any other information on the charge against Ford.

On Wednesday afternoon, Archbishop Hoban held a prayer service and Mass for the family. Jeffrey and Peg Schobert were active volunteers at the school and their daughters attended Hoban, with Chelsea scheduled to graduate this spring.

“We know that in the past it has been helpful for the students to be able to gather when there has been a tragedy,” Hoban Principal Mary Anne Beiting said.

She thanked all those who “can support the kids in such a difficult time.”

The ceremonies were closed to the public and media.

Brother James Spooner, associate principal at Hoban, said the Schoberts were involved in the mock trial program at the school. Jeffrey Schobert was a prominent attorney.

Peg Schobert was co-chair of the Extravaganza, a fundraising auction at Hoban, scheduled to be held this year April 27.

On Wednesday, Jeffrey Schobert’s employer, the Fairlawn law firm of Hanna, Campbell, & Powell, released a statement: “We are shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of Jeff and Peg Schobert. We considered them part of our family, and we will be forever grateful to have worked alongside them. The pain from their loss is immeasurable.

“Jeff and Peg dedicated their lives to tirelessly serving others. Their kindness and generosity knew no bounds. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family members, whom they cherished.”

Hitchings called the events “a sad situation.”

“They seem to be very nice people. ... We feel bad for their relatives and family of the victims,” he said.

New Franklin police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are “looking at every possibility” in trying to solve the crime, he said.

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By Jim Carney - Akron Beacon Journal (MCT)

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