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Man charged in East Price Hill slaying of father-of-three

Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 11:29 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A Hamilton County grand jury on Thursday indicted a man accused of killing a 34-year-old father-of-three in East Price Hill.

The shooting happened on May 23 around 7:35 a.m. in the 1000 block of Grand Avenue.

Keith Hoersting died two days later at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Ludie Reid, 50, is charged in Hoersting’s death.

Hoersting’s ex-fiancée, Sarah Harwood is at a loss to explain his death.

“This is a caring soul that would put anyone before himself,” she said.

Harwood and Hoersting had split up by the time he died, but she says she still has love for him.

“He sacrificed himself all the time, just to make sure everyone, even the kids, were happy,” she said, referencing her two children, for whom Hoersting stepped in as a father, as well as Hoersting’s own biological child.

Harwood explains the reason they split was Hoersting’s struggles with addiction, a plight she says stemmed from childhood trauma.

“His mom got killed,” she said, “and he battled with that for years.”

But Hoersting had recently begun to turn his life around. A month prior to his death, the two talked about getting back together.

They would never get to follow through.

Now that his accused killer is charged, Harwood as a question for him.

“Why would you do something like that?” She wondered. “Why couldn’t you just beat him up or something instead of killing him with a gun?”

Reid is due in court June 14.

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