CINCINNATI — Cincinnati police said a man killed his 17-year-old girlfriend in Avondale Sunday night.
Auvionne Chichester was shot and killed in the Beechwood Apartment Complex on Forest Avenue. According to police, 20-year-old Javonte Dixon "(shot) her in the stomach during an argument." He was arrested and charged with murder.
Chichester's family said they know Dixon and believe he was in Chichester's past. They believed Chichester and Dixon broke up. The two had an 18-month-old baby.
"I was like, 'Oh my God,'" neighbor Chelsea Williams said. "I didn't think he would do something like this, you know."
Williams never saw Dixon angry, but two years ago, his teenage sisters accused him of punching them in the face. One of them claimed he repeatedly hit them in the face and kicked them. Neither answered five court subpoenas, so a judge dismissed the case.
Chichester's family said he once threatened her. They said they were confused she was anywhere near Dixon at the time of the shooting.
"People want to see the best in someone," activist Rev. Peterson Mingo said. "And when someone shows you who they are and what they are, believe them. Plain and simple. Believe them and get that person some help spiritually, emotionally."
Though Dixon's only prior conviction is a traffic ticket, a judge gave him a $1 million bond, leaving his daughter without her mother or father.
Cincinnati Police Department's Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate the shooting. Anyone with information is urged to call the Homicide Unit at 513-352-3542.