Peace rally held for 9-year-old girl shot, killed in January - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Peace rally held for 9-year-old girl shot, killed in January

Alexandrea Thompson, photo provided. Alexandrea Thompson, photo provided.
MOUNT AUBURN, OH (FOX19) -

Alexandrea Thompson, who was shot and killed in January, would have turned 10-years-old Monday.

On Monday afternoon, a peace rally was held at Mt. Auburn International Academy where she was a student.

Purple balloons released to the blue skies above served as a reminder that Alexandrea is gone.

"It means a lot because this is something that Sissy would do if she was here... and today would have been her 10th birthday, so it's actually really important,” said Alexandrea’s aunt .Aja Steven. “It's giving everybody the chance to feel her. I feel like she made it pretty today for a reason."

As the marching band played, the peace rally made its way through some of the streets in Mt Auburn. The rally took people past where the she was shot and, past a park bench memorial where her name and face watches over the children who play there.

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"We chose peace, we chose love…Sissy watching all of us,” the crowd chanted.

“We have to keep her memory alive, keep what happened alive, keep it focus so that people don't forget so they can see clearly that these kinds of things can no longer be tolerated in our neighborhood,” said Peterson Mingo with Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.

"We love our young people bur for the violence is killing us, silence is violence,” said community activist Steven Sherman.

"And those individuals who did this need to know they don't have a hiding place. There is no safe space; that sooner or later they will be found out, sooner or later they will be brought to justice,” said Mingo.

No arrests have been made in her murder.

If you have any information, please call CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040.

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