Covington Police plea for help IDing killers: 'People know who they are'

Lazuri Collins (Provided by family members)
Lazuri Collins (Provided by family members)

COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) - Several people witnessed two fatal shootings within the same block of Covington's Eastside neighborhood, officials say.

Despite that, police have not been able to identify suspects, motives and have no idea whether the incidents are related.

Covington Police are pleading for information about the shootings. The incidents happened within a 4-day period at 13th and Wheeler streets.

"These cases involve a very small number of people. This is not crime that's spread across the city. In fact, this isn't even crime that's spread across an entire neighborhood," Rob Sanders, Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney, said at a press conference Wednesday. "This is one block of one street and it's the same people that hang out there day in and day out."

He called on that small group of people to come forward, work with the police and "reclaim your neighborhood."

On Saturday, Lazuri Collins, 24, was shot to death and her father, Antonio Collins, 41, was injured in the shooting.

Police returned to the same block Tuesday evening and found two men with gunshot wounds. Antonio Bandy, 25, died and the second victim's condition is not known.

It's too early to tell if the shootings are linked by retaliation. At this time, it appears the incidents are only connected by geography and time, Sanders said.

"People know who they are," Police Chief Bryan said of the killers.

Police are increasing patrols in the area and using help from the Kenton County Sheriff's office.

"Covington is a resilient community with vibrant neighborhoods. We need to work together to prevent these tragedies from happening on our streets," said Mayor Joe Meyer. "We will not let fear divide us. Through shared responsibility and trust we will bring closure to the community and justice to the victims."

Anyone with information about this offense is asked to call Kenton County dispatchers: 859-356-3191, or Covington police: 859-292-2234.

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