Teen arrested in shooting death of 15-year-old

Teen arrested in shooting death of 15-year-old

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A teen was arrested Monday for the shooting death of a 15-year-old in North Avondale.

Police said 15-year-old Donte Thompkins was arrested for the death of Kesean Banks.

The shooting happened in the 3700 block of Reading Road on Sept. 8.

Since then, Banks’ loved ones have been struggling with his death.

“It’s been hell. Nothing but straight hell," said Banks’ grandmother, Linda Banks. "No rest, no peace. I am tired and sick of all the violence.”

Banks’ family members say the news of the arrest comes as a relief because they are just days away from his funeral.

“I am going to always miss him. I am so sad because I won’t get to see him walk down the aisle," said Linda. "I was ready for 2020, his graduation. I was ready for a lot from my grandson. They took all that away from me.”

His family members say a little bit of comfort came a long way when they heard about the arrest, but they say that doesn’t take the pain away.

“Kesean was my genius. Kesean was a wiz in school, a straight-A student, "said Linda. "He drawed cartoon characters. I miss Kesean so much nobody will ever know. Kesean was a very loving, caring person. Everybody was crazy about Kesean because Kesean gave you knowledge.”

His grandmother says Banks had a list of goals he wanted to accomplish, but will now never get to accomplish them.

“Wonderful to know that this person didn’t get away with it and to know that anybody out there who thinks they can get away with something, if you just let Cincinnati’s finest and the cops do their job, they will handle it in speed time,” said Linda.

Another victim was shot in the lower extremities and transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation by the Cincinnati Police Department’s Homicide Unit is on-going.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Section at 513-352-3542 or CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040.

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