Family asks for help finding son's killer

Family asks for help finding son's killer
Posted at 7:20 PM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 14:38:06-04

CINCINNATI — More than a week after Cincinnati police found the body of Jamar Givens in East Price Hill, investigators said Thursday they still don’t know who killed him.

And for the first time since Givens’ body was found, his family is speaking out.

“The only reactions I had are hurt and pain,” said Givens’ father, Carl, during a community gathering held Thursday afternoon to remember the 23-year-old. “What could have happened? Who could have done it?”

Police said Givens’ body was found in the backyard of a house on Elberon Ave. last Wednesday morning. Givens’ was found to have suffered a gunshot wound, and investigators are treating the case as a homicide.

Givens’ sister, Nikki Mooney, said she won’t rest until her brother’s killer is found.

“It hurts, and it’s something that we have to deal with every single day,” Mooney said. “But, if it were my choice, I would never want another mother and father or family to have to suffer the way we have suffered every day since this has happened.”

Thursday’s gathering was organized by non-profit Cincinnati Works’ Phoenix Program, which efforts to curb violence found in the city’s urban core.

“You want to let the people in the community know that there are some good people out here, as well,” said Mitchell Morris, with the Phoenix Program. “We won’t get sucked into the poison.”

Meanwhile, police continue their investigation into Givens’ death, and are asking anyone with information in the case call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.