Avondale vigil honors two slain 14-year-old Withrow High School students

CINCINNATI -- Avondale community members stood together Tuesday afternoon to honor the memory of two 14-year-old Withrow High School students killed this month in separate shootings.

Jashawn Martin, a high school freshman, was shot on the corner of Essex Place and Taft Road on March 21 during a feud between two rival groups.

Eight days later, authorities said a Withrow High School student shot 14-year-old Tyan Adkins to death in an apartment building at 3522 Reading Road.

It was in front of that building that community members gathered for a prayer vigil Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The vigil was organized by Who Killed Our Kids (WKOK) a non-profit organization for families of unsolved homicides in the greater Cincinnati area.

WKOK members said Tuesday they hope those who know something about either homicide will contact police.

"I hate it. I understand that people are scared to come forward and tell what they know, because there is no handle right now on these homicides,” Organization member Bridget Smith said. “I can understand, but I hate that people won't because in my case, they know who killed my son.”

WKOK meets every third Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 3060 Durrell Ave.

WCPO's Bryce Anslinger contributed to this report.

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