Group seeks answers in unsolved homicides

Posted at 11:20 PM, Jan 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-01 23:20:39-05

CINCINNATI -- On the night of Sept. 2, 2013 in Over-the-Rhine, one life was lost and countless others permanently changed.

Ambrose Foster was in the process of renovating a shoe store on Race Street. His sister, Gina McPherson, said Foster was told he received a phone call. He stepped outside to see who it was, and he was gunned down.

"I just couldn't take it on," McPherson said. "I became a recluse in my own home. I emotionally shut down."

McPherson shared her story with 9 On Your Side hoping 2018 is the year Foster's killing is solved. It's one of dozens of unsolved cases Cincinnati police are working hard on. But they need help.

Hope Dudley with the organization UCanSpeakForMe passes out folders, fliers and bookmarks with the faces and names of homicide victims, along with the location where they were killed, in an effort to draw tips. 

Dudley started after her son, Daniel Dudley, died in 2007. 

"A couple of years ago, we started printing fliers per (police) district, that way it gave the community the opportunity to solve their own cases," she said. 

Dudley has 52 faces of unsolved homicide victims to hand out.

"Let's solve some of these homicides in our community," Dudley said.

Police said every homicide is a tragedy. They need people with information about the unsolved cases to come forward. They asked anyone who knows something about an unsolved case to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.