12 months later, shooting victim’s mother pleads for information

1 year later: Trevyn Smith's mother still hoping for justice in her son's death

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - One year after police found the body of Trevyn Smith in South Fairmount, his family members are pleading for information.

The 31-year-old was declared missing weeks prior to his death. He was found in the 1500 block of Knox Street on Nov. 20. An open police investigation continues to treat his death as a homicide.

For those who loved Trevyn, the last 12 months have been difficult.

“We miss him so much,” Trevyn’s mother, Shelby Smith said. “I will never have my son knock on my door. ‘Mommy,’ he used to call me ‘Mommy...’”

Shelby says Trevyn died of gunshot wounds.

“I know he was shot from behind,” she said. “He was shot in the head. He was shot multiple times.”

Shelby says she’s unsure about what happened to Trevyn while he was missing. She adds she doesn’t know who killed her son but is confident someone does.

“I want them to come forward,” she said. “It’s the right thing to do, because, why wouldn’t you?

“It’s enough that whoever did this had us in agony for weeks just wondering where he was, and then you throw his body out on the side of the road like he was trash, and he was loved, and he is still loved, and it’s wrong.”

The family holds out hope that justice will be served. Until then, they hold on to the memories they have.

“He was larger than life,” Shelby said. “He was silly. I want people to remember that he was a good person. He had a great heart. He loved everybody that met him.”

The family will gather Saturday for a memorial balloon release.

If you have information, you’re urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 513.352.3040.

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