Deputies ID Lincoln Heights homicide victim, suspect arrested

Published: Aug. 1, 2021 at 7:31 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2021 at 1:20 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Hamilton County deputies identified the victim of a Lincoln Heights homicide and arrested a suspect.

Deputies say they arrived on Jackson Street around 3:40 a.m. Sunday morning for a report of multiple people dead but found one person, Bruce W. Nixon, 53, dead at the scene. No other victims were located.

“Funny, loveable, everybody liked him. He was a good guy. He would help you when you have nothing, even if he didn’t have anything at that time. He just was a good brother,” Nixon’s sister Valerie Bell told FOX19.

Bell says she is struggling to cope with the loss and doesn’t understand why anyone would hurt her bother.

Investigators say Nixon died of blunt force trauma.

“From my understanding, the guy was with my nephew at a neighborhood bar, and they went up on Jackson Street, and the guy had asked the people that was out there for a cigarette and I am not sure if they gave him one and then he seen my brother with a few dollars. I don’t know how much, and I don’t know if he asked my brother for it or whatever, and my brother didn’t give it to him, and he, he beat my brother,” says Bell.

Deputies arrested Jamol Sherman Morris, 30, around 10:45 a.m. Sunday in connection to the homicide. Morris faces one count of murder.

Bell says her brother was beaten to death with a brick.

“He didn’t have to kill my brother like that. I couldn’t go see my brother because they said he was beat beyond recognition and the only way that I would of been able to identify him was by his property,” said Bell

Police have not released an official motive for the homicide.

“I don’t hate anybody. I can’t even say I hate him, but you need to pay for killing my brother,” says Bell.

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