March for teen murder victim in Over-The-Rhine

OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) - About one hundred people participated in a "March for Hope" in Over-The-Rhine Sunday in memory of Africa Hope, 15, who was shot and killed in OTR last Monday night.

The "victory walk" began at 1710 Vine Street in front of a memorial where the girl was killed.

Cincinnati police identified and arrested Harold Croft, 36, for Hope's murder.

"We want you to turn in whoever this person is because we want this person off the streets," said Africa's aunt, Ebony Stone.

Hope died after being hit by a stray bullet. Police don't believe she was the intended target.

"Africa was a remarkable young woman," said her cousin, Valarie Torbert. "Had she lived, she would have navigated her way through the very challenging life stage of adolescence and, I'm sure, blossomed into a beautiful young woman."

Croft recently served 10 years on a manslaughter conviction.  He had been out for two months.

The Cincinnati Police Department and Africa's family thanked the community for doing their part to help with the investigation. The family also thanked police chief James Craig.

"They really changed my mind on exactly how the police has changed. The chief has really gone out of his way," said Stone.

"He came down here personally," said Torbert. "He's a very personable chief and without their efforts this young man, for lack of a better word, um, wouldn't be in custody."

Gwendolyn Gill, Africa's godmother, conveyed, "Cincinnati is working. We appreciate everything they have done."

Detective David Gregory with Cincinnati PD revealed, "People came forward and provided information. People came forward as witnesses. It's pretty simple, when people come forward, step forward as witnesses, crimes get solved."

Croft appeared in court on Saturday and his bond was set at $500,000. He has been charged with murder.

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