Family waiting for answers in shooting death of Silverton woman

‘Her spirit is always going to be with us. She will not be forgotten’
Published: Sep. 4, 2021 at 10:23 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 5, 2021 at 8:06 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Family and friends held a balloon release Saturday on what would have been the 39th birthday of a Silverton woman who was shot to death nearly a year ago.

Investigators say Ebony Hedges, 38, was parked in the 6800 block of Montgomery Road on Nov. 6, 2020, when a man approached her car and opened fire.

Hedges, who was shot several times, drove away and crashed a few blocks away near the intersection of Montgomery Road and Coleridge Avenue.

“She was fun-loving,” Hedges’ aunt, Karen Hedges Pickett, said. “She was a good person. She was a good heart. She was always there for everybody. Her smile would light up the room when she came in the room. Ebony was just a bright person.”

Ebony’s father, Gary Hedges, told FOX19 NOW in February that she had been at Ringo’s Bar and that the shooting was a “senseless” act that had “nothing to do with her.”

He said he believes someone who knew his daughter took her life.

“The people that did this, they pulled up in front of the bar that night, they have camera of the car,” Gary said referring to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. “They have video of the car. They have a video of the person who got out of the car and approached another heavyset girl, and he thought it was my daughter.”

Annette Braylock, one of Hedges’ friends who showed up for the balloon release, just wants answers... and justice.

“She was the most loving person you could ever meet,” Braylock said.

“She’s not forgotten,” Pickett said. “We want everyone to know that she will not be forgotten. Her spirit is always going to be with us. She will not be forgotten.”

No arrests have been made in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.

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