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16-year-old killed in Evanston shooting was Western Hills student

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 2:35 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A 16-year-old student is dead following a shooting near Walnut Hills High School, according to the Cincinnati Police Department.

Officers responded to the 1600 block of Jonathan Avenue near Montgomery Road around 1:15 p.m. for reported gunshots.

The 16-year-old was found dead behind a nearby home, according to police.

CPD has identified the teen as Javeir Randolph.

Police say they will not be releasing a photo of the victim at this time.

Randolph was a student at Western Hills University High School.

“The Western Hills University High School Community is devastated by the loss of one of our students this week. We have implemented a plan for responding to this situation and helping our students and their families. The school crisis team is available to students who need special attention and support,” the school said in a statement.

Walnut Hills High School was on lockout due to the police activity in the area, Cincinnati Public Schools Communications Officer Frances Russ said.

The school was dismissed as usual at 3 p.m., according to Russ.

“It’s disturbing,” said Pastor Peterson Mingo with CPD’s God Squad. “It’s heart-rending. It’s heartbreaking.”

Mingo explains Randolph was walking home from school when he was shot.

Police say his mother was in the area and tried to save him.

“The thing that really concerns us,” said Mingo, “is that he didn’t know a lot of people in the neighborhood. A lot of people in the neighborhood didn’t know him. They knew of his family. He’d only been in this neighborhood four or five months.”

Mayor John Cranley released a statement, saying the 16-year-old’s death is “unacceptable.”

“This is nothing short of tragic, absolutely heartbreaking, and unacceptable that a 16-year old boy lost his life today to gun violence. Make no mistake; the police will bring the shooter to justice.

“And to anyone perpetrating violence in our city: stop now. You, too, will face the consequences. Two shootings in 24 hours are two too many. If you know anything about these shootings, please come forward. I am praying for the child who lost his life.”

CPD’s Homicide Unit is investigating. Police urge anyone with information to call the Homicide Unit at (513) 352-3542.

Around 24 hours ago, officers were in Evanston to investigate a deadly shooting.

Around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Yarsellay Sammie Sr., 39, was walking in the 3600 block of Montgomery Road when someone in a car started shooting at him, according to officers.

The 39-year-old died at the hospital.

Cincinnati police are investigating a shooting in Evanston for the second straight day.
Cincinnati police are investigating a shooting in Evanston for the second straight day.(WXIX)

There is no suspect information in either shooting investigation.

Police have not said if the shootings are connected.

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