Mother of shooting victim: ‘I won't go to my grave until I get answers'

Trevor Tiemann, 26, shot and killed in OTR Sunday

CINCINNATI -- Lisa Urz said she will remember so many things about her son.

He was a family man, she said. And she'll always remember his generosity. He leaves behind a large family, including his fiancee, Brittany, who he was supposed to marry soon, she said.

She also said she won’t rest until she knows who shot and killed the 26-year-old Sunday in Over-the-Rhine.

Trevor Tiemann was shot at about 12:11 p.m. Sunday near Liberty and Walnut Streets. He later died at a hospital from his injuries. It was the eighth shooting and third homicide in the city since Thursday.

“Why somebody chose to kill my son, I have no clue,” Urz said. “I will find out, and I will make sure justice is served.”

Urz said her son has been in trouble before, but “he’s not the same person that he was when he was younger.” She’s at a loss as to why someone would kill him.

“Was it -- he owed somebody from his debt? I don’t know, but does that give anybody the right to shoot my son in the back of the head and kill him? No,” Urz said.

Tiemann’s sister, Bridgette Powell, said her family deserves to know why her brother was shot and killed.

“This has to stop … violence against others has to stop … he had no idea, no clue, no option to save his own life, no way to talk, lay there bleeding to death on the side of the street,” Powell said.

Urz agrees the gun violence is absolutely senseless.

“That’s all we want is answers, and I won’t go to my grave until I get answers,” Urz said.

She also said she won’t let her son’s life be forgotten.

“I will spend every day of my life on the courthouse steps or in that police station making sure nobody forgets my son, he was a beautiful young man,” Urz said. 

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