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Killing of Beachwood doctor leaves neighborhood with questions

August 10, 2018

Killing of Beachwood doctor leaves neighborhood with questions

BEACHWOOD, Ohio — The killing of a Beachwood doctor left his neighbors with questions Friday afternoon as they worked to wrap their heads around a vicious act on what is, on most days, a quiet and peaceful suburban street.

Richard Warn, 59, was found dead in his home in the 2400 block of Brentwood Avenue just after 6 p.m. Thursday, Beachwood police said.

Officers discovered Warn during a welfare check. There were no signs for forced entry into the home, but police stressed that foul play is suspected. Beachwood police have not revealed publicly how they believe Warn was killed.

Police have also not said whether they have a suspect in the killing.

Several neighbors said they noticed patrol cars and flashing lights Thursday night as police gathered evidence. Police left Friday morning, neighbors said. Many of them were not aware of what happened and walked by Warn’s two-story home Friday afternoon wondering what happened the night before.

Shelly Zemelman, who lived next door to Warn for 20 years, said she’s known him and his family since childhood. They grew up in University Heights together and he was her brother’s close friend. 

“I was in utter shock,” Zemelman, 59, said. “I ran home. Just utter shock. We were the same age. I just don’t know what else to say.”

Warn sent Zemelman a text message a few weeks ago and asked if she knew of a car service to take him to the airport for an upcoming trip. Zemelman didn’t know where he was going or if he ever went on his trip.

Warn’s death stunned Zemelman, who moved from Brentwood Avenue last year.

Warn was a devoted father to his three children, she said. He remarried over a decade ago and shared the home with his wife and three Golden Retrievers. Zemelman said Warn has podiatrist and would make calls to local nursing homes. 

Warn’s black and blue Chevrolet Malibus remained parked in the driveway parked in the driveway.  

“He was very nice,” Zemelman said. “He was friendly. It’s a real tragedy.”

Some neighbors said they didn’t hear any commotion or loud noises from the home Thursday evening.

One neighbor said she heard about four gunshots coming from the house. The woman refused to give her name to reporters. 

Rose Klahr lives across the street from Warn’s home. She did not know him well, but said he was always friendly. Klahr, who was told of Warn’s death by a reporter, gasped about his death. 

“I would always seem mowing the lawn,” she said. “He was always smiling.”

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