Community Gathers To Remember Kaitlyn Carroll-Peak

  • 3/17/2017 5:20:37 PM
  • Sartaj Aujla
  • Local News

MANSFIELD,OH- The community gathered Friday for a candlelight vigil for Kaitlyn Carroll-Peak who was shot and killed on Wednesday, March 8th. 

Residents gathered at Marshall Park to light candles in remembrance of Carroll-Peak. Family and friends shared memories they had of Kaitlyn. 

On Monday, the Avita Ontario Hospital was illuminated in the color purple to remember Kaitlyn Carroll-Peak, who was an employee at the hospital. 

Local law enforcement authorities are continuing to investigate the death of 22-year-old Kaitlyn Carol Peak of Mansfield and the abduction of her seven-week-old baby.

At a press conference, authorities stated they followed a car driving 100 plus miles per hour into Wooster, where they identified the suspect, Dakota M. Steagall, as the occupant of the car. The chase originated at a Bell Store in Ashland off of U.S 250 headed to Wooster. 

Spike strips were deployed during the chase. The car was then eventually stopped in Wooster. 

When authorities approached the car, they found him unresponsive with a gunshot wound. 

Authorities stated that Steagall dropped the infant off at a relatives house. The Peak family then reached out and contacted police, notifying them the infant was safe. 

The child was taken to a hospital in Ashland as a precautionary measure. 

According to Mansfield Police Cheif, Ken Coontz, the relationship between Kaitlyn Carol-Peak and Dakota M. Steagall were on-and-off boyfriend and girlfriend. The infant was not related to Steagall. 

Coontz also stated that there has been past history with Steagall. 

Multiple county agencies and the U.S Marshals helped Mansfield Police with their investigation. 

The incident began around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when Mansfield Police responded to reports of a male with a gun chasing a female at 297 Brookwood Way North.

Mansfield Police also received reports of gunshots being fired at the apartment complex close to the same time.

Officers and emergency medical personnel responded to the apartment complex and found 22-year-old Kaitlyn Carol Peak lying outside on the ground and pronounced her dead at the scene at around 8 p.m.

An autopsy will be performed by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.

The Mansfield Police Department's Major Crimes Unit is handling the investigation.

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