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Walking for answers: Justice for Porshia and Aron
NORWOOD, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- For nearly four months Sharon Brooks has lived without her daughter, Porshia.
"It's a completely different life. A life that none of us wanted now and a life that we don't know how to live," Brooks said.
Porshia was shot as she sat in her car with her boyfriend, Aron Martin last November 16. The couple had just arrived at Aron's apartment on Carthage Ave. when three young men described as African American tried to rob them.
Porshia died a few days later. Aron spent weeks in the hospital. He was shot in the head and had part of his skull removed to prevent swelling. It was later replaced. But that didn't stop him from joining the walk Tuesday night and passing out flyers.
"He wouldn't miss it for the world," said Arion Martin, Aron's twin brother. He added about his brother's condition, "Physically, he's better than I've ever seen him. Emotionally, it's going to be an uphill battle but he has a strong family and friends. Her family is always nice to us."
Norwood Police detectives and Citizens on Patrol joined Porshia and Aron's families for the walk. They passed out more than 600 flyers in Bond Hill and Norwood. They wore purple rubber bracelets marked with Porshia's name. Purple was her favorite color.
"We love Porshia and we're out here for Porshia," Sharon Brooks said as she rallied the group that gathered to pass out flyers.
Norwood Police said they've exhausted every lead and are looking for new information.
"It's frustrating. But you can never quit on it. That's something we never do. We never quit on a homicide," said Detective Mike Huston, a 33-year police veteran.
As Sharon Brooks walked down Carthage Ave. she came to the spot where her little girl's life was taken. It was a painful moment that brought her to her knees and to tears. Porshia's aunt marked the spot with a cross, flowers, purple balloons, stuffed animals and Porshia's photo. The hope is that someone will see the memorial and call police with information. The family also hopes that every step taken Tuesday night leads to justice for Porshia and Aron.
"Please, turn them in. Say something. Call Crime Stoppers because he's going to do it again," Sharon Brooks said. She added, "As heinous as this crime was and as senseless, he's done it before and he will do it again and if it's your sister, your daughter, your niece, your aunt, you would want the same."
Anyone with information about the crime can call the Norwood Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. A reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
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