Homicide victim's uncle marches for peace

Posted at 6:40 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 18:40:21-04

CINCINNATI -- The uncle of a college student shot to death in Cincinnati was in town Monday pushing for changes to bring peace to city streets.

Vernon Hummons said his efforts weren't just aimed arresting the person or people who killed his niece, 19-year-old Parris Hummons.

Instead, he said, he wants residents to get involved so no one is shot in the first place.

"We need to stop the flow of guns coming into our neighborhoods," Hummons said. "And we need to put resources in our neighborhoods that will give the young people something to do, as well as provide them with jobs."

Lt. Col. Mike John said efforts like Hummons' are working.

"Walking down the street, people (are) coming out of their houses -- 'Let me tell you want I saw.' And that's just reinforcing the importance of doing this," John said.

Those who knew Hummons' niece say she was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time when she was shot April 16 as she and a friend drove along Reading Road near Dale Road. She was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment, but she died from her injuries. 

Watch the video above to see more from Monday's march and hear what else Vernon Hummons had to say.