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Murder Victim Was Renovating Shoe Store for Relative

A family looks for justice as police search for clues in the city's latest homicide.  Someone shot Ambrose Foster in the head, killing him late Monday night in Over-The-Rhine.  Foster was renovating a neighborhood shoe store about a half block away from where he was shot.  Local 12 News Reporter Angela Ingram explains more about his family's search for justice.
     A lot of people in the neighborhood are familiar with the shoe store.  It's just across from the Alabama Fish Restaurant.  Foster would bring his personal care items and had been spending the night inside of the store.  He was renovating it for a grand re-opening scheduled for this Saturday.
     Gina Barker is overcome with emotion, surrounded by her family, and comforted by memories of her younger brother.  Barker and the rest of the family decorated the store at Liberty and Race Streets with balloons in honor of Ambrose Foster.  Barker said, "His children loved him.  He was a sibling.  He was uncle.  He was friend.  He was loved by many people."  Foster's niece, Ashley, added, "He was extremely family-oriented.  He lived for his family, for the happiness of his children, to keep his family together."
     Love of family is what drove Foster to spend countless hours refinishing the old hardwood floors and painting pink details inside of the women's shoe store called, "Shoe Avenue."  Ashley Foster bought the shoe store as an investment.  Ambrose was renovating it as a gift to his niece. "Not only to establish a solid foundation for our family, but more than anything, the community.  He was ready to supply the service to the community, supply them with shoes and anything else that we could," Ashley remembers.
     On Labor Day, Foster continued working, but later that night someone gunned him down just a short distance away from the store at Green and Race Streets.  His family doesn't know why he was killed.  Family members say he had troubles in the past, but they say no one had the right to kill him.
     Through tears Barker told Local 12, "We have to live without having him around.  There were things in our family that we were working on and trying to repair and we're not going to have that chance because somebody decided that it was time for him to go and that's not their choice."
     Ashley Foster still plans to go on with the grand opening of the store on Saturday.  She's changing the store's name to "Ambrose" after her uncle.  The family will also gather in honor of Ambrose Foster Saturday.  They will be at Dutch Colony and Holland in Findlater Gardens from 11am to 7pm.  Police say a white Dodge Charger was seen speeding away from the shooting and may be involved.  If you have any information that can help police, call Crimestoppers.  That number is 352-3040.



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