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The Ripple Effect of Murder
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- A fugitive task force is trying to track down a man accused of killing a couple.
Betty Thomas and Adam Bostic were tied up and shot execution style. The man charged with their murder, Brandon Thomas, is on the run. So some believe there is no longer a threat in the neighborhood. One community leader however, disagrees.
Brandon Thomas is on the run from a federal warrant out of Lexington that has to do with murder. He had been staying with the victims, Adam Bostic and Betty Thomas, and their two daughters for months. When their bodies were found friends and relatives suspected Thomas right away.
But he was gone.
Pastor Ennis Tait of the Church of the Living God in Avondale says, "People are dismissing it, he's not from our neighborhood, came in from another city, not our problem. But it is our problem."
The problem, according to Pastor Tait, is the girls growing up without their parents.
The problem is the one little girl who saw her dead father as she was being carried out of the apartment.
The problem is the children who walked past the crime scene on their way to school.
On the same street back in 2008 children 6 to 12 years old were playing in a football tournament organized to promote peace when a 19-year-old was shot to death next to the field. Some children leaving The Peace Bowl walked past the crime scene.
"When children become immune to homicides and shootings, that begins to set up a seed that they too will consider this a normal lifestyle."
"Nobody wants to have children exposed to a dead body lying in the street."
The five homicide victims so far this year end up at the coroner's office. Dr. Samarco says that this is about more than numbers. It is about families losing children, children losing parents, and residents feeling unsafe.
"Don't want a reputation like Detroit, don't want to go there, murder central. We're not. We're Cincinnati; safe, family oriented. We need to work on that."
Judging by the first ten days of this year, Cincinnati leaders have their work cut out for them.
Investigators say Bostic and Thomas were friends at some point in their lives. Lexington considers Thomas a major drug dealer there. Bostic has a record in Hamilton County, mostly for selling marijuana.