Family seeks justice in death of 14-year-old Avondale shooting victim

CINCINNATI -- The mother of a 14-year-old boy killed in Avondale Saturday night is begging whoever committed the crime to come forward.

"Whoever did it, please, please just clear your mind," said Virginetta Bess. "I carried him for 10 months and it wasn't your place to take him away from me and away from my family. Although I know the Man above had better plans, please just come forward."

Bess' son, Trevaughn Everett was found dead near Hickory Street and Harvey Avenue at about 8 p.m. after Cincinnati police received reports of a shooting.

Bess painted the picture of a son Sunday who had a troubled past. He was diagnosed with behavioral problems and lived with relatives in Mount Airy, though he did come on weekends to visit his mother.

A pistol was also found on his body by police, Bess added.

Everett's grandmother, Toni Bess, said despite his problems, no one knows why anyone would want to kill him.

"It's not registering yet," she said. "I'm numb. I want everyone to know my baby was a lovable baby. He was a troubled child. Most kids are, my baby had a bad behavior problem."

And as far as Everett carrying a gun?

"To carry a gun? If he did, that was a part of him I did not know," said Toni Bess.

She too wants to see justice for the grandson she knew, and she will not stop until she gets it.

"I will be walking the street asking people questions over this area. If you feel like I'm intimidating, oh well. Do what needs to be done. The person that did it, if you hear me or you are watching, I don't care. I'm not out for blood, just justice for my baby Trevaughn."

The Cincinnati Homicide Unit is heading the investigation into Everett's death.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Section at 352-3542 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 352-3040 or text “CINTIP” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). 

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