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Unsolved Homicides, Community Activist Gets Help from the State

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- A Cincinnati cold case gets statewide attention.

Attorney General Mike DeWine is featuring John Harris' murder on the state's website.  Harris was gunned down in 2007 and since then, his mother has dedicated her life to helping other families of murder victims.

This month a woman who is known for helping others is getting help from the Ohio Attorney General.

All year round Peggy Harris-Bush is at the forefront of anti-violence rallies.  She's become the face of the organization called, "Who Killed Our Kids."  Now, Ohio's Attorney General is asking who killed Petty's son.

"We asked Cincinnati which case they wanted us to highlight because they have many as most cities do.  And they picked the John Harris case to feature."

"I was actually overwhelmed because I don't believe one one's working on it, I don't feel like that, but you just don't know how many people are working on it and praying for me and helping me find out who murdered Johnny."

John was killed on Fergus Street in Northside.  Police say the 24-year-old was a robbery victim.  Peggy says she supports other parents of murder victims to honor her son.

"John was a good son and he made me so very proud.  So it wouldn't be fair to Johnny if I weren't out there trying to keep things going."

John's is one of 1,800 unsolved homicides statewide on Mike DeWine's website.  400 are from Cincinnati.

"Our whole reason for doing this for the database is, we still have families out there who have lost a loved one."

Peggy is hoping that the database brings her son's killer and others to justice.

"I know I won't have Johnny back, but we have to stand up.  Come on let's stand up, let's get these people off the streets."

DeWine says the state will offer investigative help to small jurisdictions for cold cases.  Last year, the State Bureau of Criminal Investigation got 90 tips thanks to the database.

If you have any information that can help police with the John Harris case or any other cold cases call our partners at Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.




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