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Murder Memorial for Homicides in 2013
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- First let's start with the numbers:
74 homicides in the city in 2013. Most are young black men. The average age 28-years-old. This compares with 53 homicides in 2012.
One of the first homicides of 2013 was 16-year-old Terrance Womack who was shot to death in Evanston.
Terrance's mother, Vanessa Pugh, said, "I re-live that night every day of my life, every day it doesn't go away."
She thought Terrance, known as TJ, was playing basketball at the community center across the street. Nearly a year later she still doesn't know who killed him or why.
When asked if the new year gives her hope for justice Pugh replied, "Everyday brings hope. That's all I can do is hope, you know, for justice and a peace of mind because I don't have it."
TJ was shot to death on Montgomery Road where the old St. Leger Apartments are now torn down. At 16-years-old, he wasn't the youngest victim last year. Two were 14-year-olds.
The father of 14-year-old Trevaghn Everett attended a service in memory of loved ones murdered in 2013. Trevaughn was shot to death in Avondale in November. He lived with his father in Mt. Airy but was visiting his mother there.
Pastor Peterson Mingo says there are lessons to be learned from the violence.
"Young people who have been recruited by different groups and individuals to run drugs for them, hide money for them, even carry guns and in some cases use those weapons."
Pastor Mingo says mentoring programs can help children see beyond the thug life. He runs several of them out of his church and has met with Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell about expanding them city wide.
74 murders does not break a record in Cincinnati. That was in 2006 when there were 89 people murdered in the city.