Family urges witnesses to come forward months after 16-year-old shot and killed

The victim’s mother says she will never give up hope

Family urges witnesses to come forward months after 16-year-old shot and killed

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Nearly six months after a 16-year-old high school graduate was shot and killed in Fairfield Township, the teenager’s family is using social media to urge possible witnesses to speak up.

Sydney Garcia-Tovar lost her life in July 2018. Witnesses said that she had given a few people a ride to a Fairfield Township apartment complex. When they got there, a fight broke out involving people inside and outside of the car, and bullets started flying.

Police said Sydney, an innocent bystander, was shot. Hours later, she died in a hospital.

“It kills me every day, every minute, every second," said her mother Stephanie Garcia-Tovar.

To those who loved her, Sydney was a special soul. She was an early high school graduate who gave them a reason to smile.

“I needed her. I was put here to be a mother,” said Stephanie Garcia-Tovar. "Her mother.”

No one has been arrested in the case thus far. The victim’s mother said she will never give up hope.

“For me, it stays hard. I’m her mother. I just want somebody to help me and bring closure to her," she said. "While she is laying up at the cemetery, other peoples' lives go on. She doesn’t have the opportunity to defend herself or talk for herself, so that’s me, I’m here. I’m going to do it.”

The victim’s mother says investigators are actively working the case, but they need help, and they are not getting it from everyone involved.

“I’ve waited six months for people to talk or say something," said Stephanie Garcia-Tovar.

Frustrated and devastated, she is now using social media to press people for information. Recently, she made a post that publicly identified a potential witness. She, in her post, referred to him as a “coward” and urged him to come forward.

“I’m angry, so I’m going to start calling out people," she says.

She said the teen she mentioned in the post agreed to take a lie detector test but never showed up. In her eyes, he could be the key to the case.

If you have any information about what happened to Sydney, call Fairfield Township police at 513-887-4406.

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