MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (FOX19) - Four years after a Middletown woman was gunned down, police believe the key to solving the case may be across state lines.
A night of celebrating the new year came to a tragic end on Jan. 1, 2017 when Teresa Shields was shot and killed in a vehicle along Roosevelt Boulevard in Middletown. Middletown police have said the 26-year-old was innocent and was not the intended target.
“It’s hard because she died three days before my birthday, so it’s just sad,” Ahniyah Adams, Shields’ niece, said.
For those who loved Shields, it has been a hard four years without her.
“She was kind. She was very kind. She was always complimenting people,” Annie Shields, Shields’ sister, said.
Investigators said they suspect Shields’ killer was after someone else - Shields’ boyfriend at the time, who was also in the vehicle.
Since they believe Shields’ death was accidental, Annie Shields hopes her sister’s killer will feel remorse that will lead down a path of redemption.
“It would mean that somebody cared enough to give an innocent family, an innocent girl... justice and a little bit of peace,” Annie Shields said.
Police say they believe the person who pulled the trigger is not from the Middletown area and may be in another state. They have also stated that there are possible connections to a drug ring.
A memorial still sits near the site of the deadly shooting. Shields’ relatives visit it to honor and remember her. It is a reminder of the pain they feel not knowing exactly what happened.
“Justice will always be served, just in God’s time,” Annie Shields said.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Middletown police at 513-425-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040. Crime Stoppers offers a reward for information that leads to an arrest.
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