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Activist pushes for leads in cold cases

AVONDALE, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- The mother of a murder victim is helping others in honor of her son.

Hope Dudley is a local community activist who has been recognized at the state level for her crime fighting efforts.  Monday is her son's birthday.  She doesn't have her son to celebrate with her since someone gunned him down.  So she uses her energy to help other families in his honor.

Behind every name is a face.  Behind every face on the posters there is the story of a murder victim.  Hope Dudley had these posters made in honor of her son, Chaz.

Chaz was shot and killed in 2007.  He would have been 33-years-old Monday.  Although Chaz was murdered in a different neighborhood, Hope chose Avondale homicide victims.

She said, "I did the fliers of unsolved homicides in Avondale after hearing about the violence that was going on beginning the first of the year."

This year Avondale has seen an uptick in violent crime.  But he homicides on the poster are cold cases.  Sunday, the murder victims' families joined community leaders and Cincinnati police to unveil the poster.

The poster serves as a message to the community that there are families on the back end of the deaths.

Captain Mike Neville says investigators never give up on cold cases, and he's impressed with Hope's efforts.

"It wasn't about just her.  It's about the city.  It's about her community and about the pain that other families are going through.  So I was impressed with her stepping forward," Neville said.

Hope says the goal is for people to look at these unsolved murders and tell police what they know.

She said, "We should want to stop the crime that's in it and it's up to us to make a difference."

Hope had 3,300 fliers made.  She foot the bill for part and the Ohio Attorney General's office helped out.  She is hoping people will post them throughout the neighborhood.

If you have any information on unsolved murders call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.




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