WALNUT HILLS, OH ( FOX19) - A makeshift memorial has been erected in Walnut Hills to honor the life of Jashawn Martin. Balloons, stuffed animals, flowers and messages sit around a street pole at the corner of Taft and Essex, the scene where Martin was shot.
Family and friends are mourning the loss of the 14-year-old, who on Friday was shot and killed. Two brothers, Mininko Hicks, 20, and Donyell Walker, 18, have been charged with his murder and the shooting of four other people.
Witnesses said nearly 50 people were crowding the sidewalks when shots rang out, and police are still trying to piece together the events that led up to the shooting.
Bhagwana Hasan says she is a family friend of Martin, and that he was a spectator at a street altercation when he got caught in the cross-fire.
"He ended up where he ended up and just simply watching a fight," said Hasan. Fighting is an issue that some Walnut Hills residents are concerned about.
"We see evidence of it everyday when these kids get out of this school around the corner. They're all up and down McMillan fighting and busting windows in stores. They just don't have any supervision when the get out of school," said resident Teresa Carter.
Authorities have not confirmed it was a fight that led to the shooting, but Police Chief Blackwell says officers are on high alert for retaliation acts.