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Murder in historic park
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- It was an unlikely place for a daytime murder Cincinnati's oldest urban park, between Elm and Vine streets.
Monday night, it was surrounded with crime scene tape. After bullets rang out, a 25-year-old man became the city's 41 homicide of the year. The park was where Joshua Taylor fell dying after he was shot on Vine Street.
Eyewitnesses said words were exchanged with the gunman before Taylor was shot. Words about the woman he was with.
Jihad Poellnitz, a friend of the victim, said, "People say things to people all the time to be killed over words really senseless and immature."
The murder memorial, with rest in peace messages from friends, seemed to be common sights in high crime neighborhoods. Not so common downtown, not in Cincinnati's oldest park. Joshua's friends said they come here because they felt safe.
Carlos Greene, another friend, said, "For him to be at school and at work he didn't deserve this, wasn't that type of person. He wasn't a bad person. Wasn't selling drugs, shooting at people or robbing them."
It was daylight and many people were outside when the shots were fired. Crime Stoppers tips came in and because of the types of businesses nearby there was security video. Investigators believed Joshua knew his killer. But they still believed the shooting followed a verbal exchange which means it was still about words.
This was the first homicide downtown this year.
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