Vigil celebrates life, legacy of gunned down South Cumminsville man

SOUTH CUMMINSVILLE, OH (FOX19) - Family and friends gathered on Sunday to remember the life of a young man gunned down Friday while holding his infant son.

Raheem Stenson was pronounced dead about 24 hours after being shot on Beekman Street in South Cumminsville.

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Family and friends of Stenson made repeated cries for justice Sunday evening. They made a makeshift memorial on the very spot where he was gunned down.

Rashone Washington holds up a photograph of his murdered brother pleading for the public's help.

"You see this face? You know something about this face? Please speak up," says Washington. "Please do not let this murder go unsolved. It was unnecessary, it wasn't right and we need to know."

As the family seeks answers, their pain is palpable. Ronnicea McCaray is one of Stenson's sisters.

"I'm asking you all to please bring these killers to justice. Who are you all to go in and out of people's houses killing them, to take and rob? He didn't have anything. You all know what you robbed him of his life, his family. You all hurt us, you all killing us. You all didn't kill him, you killed us," she says.

Raheem was the youngest of ten children. Many of his brothers and sisters were on hand to share memories of the hard working young man with a bright future.

Jenayia Stenson is one of several sisters and says she's trying to make sense of it all.

"I never thought it would happen to someone good like this," says Stenson. "Never had a criminal record. Never did anything to nobody. I just don't understand." 

Another sister, Shekita Stenson, says her brother was a good man.

"He was dedicated, he was nice, he was sweet. [He was] a loving caring father, went to work every day."

Shekita says she needs to know why her brother was killed.

"He did not have to die. He would have gave up anything. I want them to stop the violence. There's another child out here without a father, another child out here without a daddy. This is his son right here Raheem Jr," says Shekita.

As the crowd shares their grief, community activist Pete Mingo says ending violence is everyone's responsibility.

"We have to make up in our minds and in our hearts as a community, as a people that we're tired of decorating our porches with teddy bears and bottles and pictures and we need to get back to the things that made us a great community," she says. "Love for one another, consideration for one another."

Raheem's family believes police are doing everything they can to solve the murder.

Anyone with information on the murder is urged to call Cincinnati Police or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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