CINCINNATI - On Sunday, friends and family gathered at the scene where 15-year-old Africa Hope was gunned down nearly a week ago.
Several came out to Over-the-Rhine, meeting on Vine Street, where she was shot. The group prayed and marched in an effort to honor the memory of Hope.
The walk comes after Friday's announcement that 37-year-old Harold Croft was arrested in College Hill for her murder.
Hope was shot in the 1700 block of Vine Street shortly after 11 p.m. last Monday.
She was transported to University Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Sunday night, her friends and family honored her and let their voices be heard.
Ebony Stone, Hope's aunt, said Sunday the march was intended to be a call for help in finding a suspect, but when a suspect was named on Friday, they decided the march would still go on as planned.
"This is one of the things that our family decided that we were going to do this not only just for our Africa but we're going to do this for all of the other Africas to let them know we're taking back our streets, we're taking back our communities," Stone said.
"Despite your race or ethnicity or social class, [the] 'homicidal spirit,' for lack of a better word, that's on this city. Nobody's exempt," said Hope's cousin, Valarie Torbert.
Croft is being held on a $500,000 bond at the Hamilton County Jail for her murder.
The walk started at 6 p.m., and they made their way down Vine Street and through Over-the-Rhine.
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