15-year-old girl killed in Over-the-Rhine shooting

CINCINNATI - Police are investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl that happened in Over-the-Rhine Monday night.

Someone shot and killed Africa Hope at 1710 Vine Street around 11:10 p.m. Monday. Officials originally reported the incident as a drive-by shooting.

Dist. 1 Cincinnati police officers and Cincinnati Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and found Hope injured. Emergency crews transported her to University Hospital where she later died.

The family of the 15-year-old expressed their frustration over her shooting death and the circumstances leading up to it.

The teen attended Taft High School and then a charter school before dropping out in March. Hope lived with her grandmother, Corline Stone in the West End.

"She had a lot of problems," Corline said, who added that the problems included attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. "She didn't take her medication."

Hope's family feels the juvenile system that was supposed to help failed.

"[Hope] had some issues that need to be addressed. Medication, running away from home, not going to school. She asked for help but the juvenile system did not give her any," said T.J. Stutson, Hope's uncle.

Rodney Stone, Hope's uncle, also pleaded for someone with information to come forward.

"Deep in your heart, come forward and do the right thing. Anyone that's out there who knows anything about this please come forward and justice will be served," Rodney said.

If you have any information about this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040. Text tips to CRIMES (2-7-4-6-3-7) with "CINTip:" at the beginning of the message. You don't have to give your name and you may be eligible for a reward if your tips lead to an arrest.

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