CINCINNATI - There were blue balloons in an Over-the-Rhine park Saturday for a young man's birthday that should have been.
Family and friends held an afternoon vigil and birthday party for Dion Thomas, who would have turned 20 on Saturday.
Thomas was gunned down while sitting on a bench in that same Over-the-Rhine park located between Back Street and McMillan Avenue in June 2011.
His loved ones used the vigil to plead for answers that could help find Thomas' killer.
"The more we remember him, the more we see each other," Thomas' father, Weldon Thomas said. "The more we put ourselves on television, the more his face goes on television, the conscience will affect someone and they will step forward."
Weldon Thomas said his son was an innocent bystander who was caught in the crossfire of a gang rivalry. He described his son, Dion, as a loving son with a big heart.
Anyone with information about the shooting that claimed Dion Thomas' life should call Cincinnati Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040 or go to wcpo.com/crimestoppers .
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