SPCA unveils painting to honor fallen employee

Demetrius James (Source Cincinnati Police)
Demetrius James (Source Cincinnati Police)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - An unveiling ceremony was held Wednesday morning in honor of a SPCA employee who was fatally shot to death last July.

The family of Demetrius James was in attendance at SPCA's Northside shelter along with artist Tyler Hildebrand and SPCA staff to view a painting in James' memory.

Police found James, 22, shot dead behind a home on Craft Street in Winton Hills on July 10.

Operations Manager Andy Mahlman says Demetrius James worked at the shelter as a kennel technician for about three years.  "He was a nice young man, a sweet guy, a heart of gold, a kind young man.  He was so gentle with the animals."

The painting includes a plaque that reads "Demetrius James, an SPCA Cincinnati employee, was tragically shot and killed on July 10, 2010. It was a sad loss for the SPCA and the entire community. This painting honors the good work of Demetrius and it is dedicated to end the violence in our community."

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