Man arrested in Las Vegas for Avondale homicide, police say

Published: Mar. 23, 2023 at 2:03 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A man accused of a fatal shooting in Avondale has been arrested in Las Vegas, police say.

Cincinnati police say Thomas Kirkland, 41, was arrested for the murder of Terrance Bartlett.

Bartlett, 28, died after officers found him shot near the intersection of Reading Road and Lincoln Avenue on Feb. 20, according to the Cincinnati Police Department.

The Las Vegas Police Department, The United States Marshals Service with the assistance of the Cincinnati Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Squad arrested Kirkland, a news release from CPD said.

Family members say Bartlett left behind three children.

“We all are just trying to heal the best way we can,” Bartlett’s sister, Carol Young Hayes.

Hayes says she doesn’t know who Kirkland is and she can’t imagine why he allegedly killed her brother.

“It makes me feel in fear of where I am because I can be anywhere or his friends or family could be there with me, and it’s really traumatizing,” she said.

Still, the arrest brings some measure of closure, she confesses.

“He was a family man. He would take care of you and he was a nice person,” she said of Bartlett. “And he was a great father.”

The family also lost Aurora McCarter at the age of 17 in August 2020. McCarter was Bartlett’s and Hayes’s sister.

“It’s kind of traumatizing,” Hayes said. “It makes me feel like, who’s next? Is it me? What’s going to happen next.”

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