Benches put in Mt. Auburn in memory of 2 children who were shot, killed
MT. AUBURN, Ohio (WKRC) - There was a vision at a park in Mt. Auburn to turn a shady spot under a tree into a place where two small children can be remembered.
The families of Alexandrea Thompson and Daniel Redmond Hamilton deserve it, according to community activists.
They also say the people in the neighborhood deserve to have a place to remember the two children.
Dashia Long lives in the neighborhood. She said, "It helps the community out a lot because there are kids that have been murdered and just got totally forgot about. So I feel like it is a great idea to have something to remember them by."
Community activists work together to make weather-resistant benches a reality in a matter of weeks.
One of the benches is for 5-year-old Daniel, who was shot and killed at a home on Kinsey Avenue in 2014.
The other bench is for Alexandrea. In January of 2017, the 9-year-old was gunned down at her Mt. Auburn home, and no one has been arrested.
The benches are more than just a place to sit.
On Friday, they will have plaques mounted on to them with the children's faces.
They will remind people that there is still a family that has not seen justice for Alexandrea.
The benches also serve as a symbol that people do care about the innocent lives lost in Mount Auburn.
"Even though I didn't know the kids personally. I would come around here, say a prayer in remembrance of them, just to acknowledge the fact that people do care," Long said.
The city's recreation department put the benches in place for free. The official dedication is at the park on the 2100 block of Burnet this Saturday at 3:30 PM. The public is welcome to attend.
If you have any information that can help police solve Alexandrea's murder, call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.