Teen shot in Avondale dies; family calls for justice
‘He was trying to just get to his destination.’
CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A 16-year-old shot in Avondale earlier this week has died, Cincinnati police said.
Galevon Beauchamp died early Thursday at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, they said.
Family friend Rohveah Anderson says Beauchamp was like a nephew to him. Anderson says he’s going to miss the boy’s humor, his company and his passion to get ahead in life.
“Remember him for being a great young man trying to become a man,” Anderson said, adding he’s making custom shirts to honor the late 16-year-old.
Anderson says the boy’s friends called him “pup,” a family name that stuck because of how nice a kid he was.
“He was adorable. He was fun to play with,” Anderson said.
Beauchamp’s death is under investigation as a homicide.
No arrests have been made, and no suspect information has been released.
The teen suffered critical injuries Monday night in a shooting near the Reading Road Family Dollar.
Witnesses say he was walking when someone inside a vehicle shot him multiple times.
“You know, he wasn’t doing anything wrong,” Anderson said. “He wasn’t robbing anybody. He wasn’t trying to fight. He was trying to just get to his destination.”
One of the teen’s friends tells FOX19 NOW Galevon was crossing Reading Road when a car crept up and someone shot him in the head.
“He was a kid,” Anderson said. “He was looking forward to a job. He wasn’t able to get a work history. He wasn’t able to do anything, not even finish school. It’s horrible, every shape and form. We need justice.”
The Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Cincinnati Police Homicide Unit: 513-352-3542.
The teen was one of five people shot in the city in separate incidents Monday, according to police.
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Earlier this week, Cincinnati police officials said there’s been an uptick in shootings in the last two months and at least 19 juveniles have been shot citywide in the last six months.
Five of them died.
As of Thursday morning, 186 shootings have been reported in Cincinnati so far this year, according to police.
That’s 15% less than the 219 reported at this time last year, they say.
So far this year, 42 homicides have been recorded.
Killings are down so far this year compared to the 50 recorded at this point last year when Cincinnati saw unprecedented high rates of homicides and shootings.
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