3 months after Alexandrea Thompson's shooting death in Mount Auburn, community hasn't forgotten her

Police ask for help in cracking case
Posted at 5:32 AM, Apr 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 06:18:29-04

CINCINNATI -- Wednesday marks three months since 9-year-old Alexandrea Thompson died after being shot in Mount Auburn. 

Alexandrea and her 39-year-old father were both shot in a home on the 2200 block of Burnet Avenue on Jan. 18, police said.

Despite a reward that now exceeds $12,000 thanks to private contributions and about a dozen tips to CrimeStoppers, police haven't made any arrests.

"Come down and talk to us," said Capt. Doug Wiesman, commander of criminal investigations. "Possibly testify in court. I know that takes a lot of courage and people might be fearful of that. But we will never solve any case, Alexandrea's case or any case, unless some people are willing to come forward and testify or speak to the police face to face."

Local faith leaders want to make sure this case stays top of mind. Two benches will be dedicated on Saturday at the playground next to New Unity Baptist Church on Burnet Avenue in honor of Alexandrea and a 5-year-old who was accidentally killed in the neighborhood. 

"We want the public to always remember what happened and even those who have names that they haven't brought forward," said Rev. Peterson Mingo. "We want them to know that we're not going to let this go away. We hope basically that it touches their heart, makes them want to do something, stir them to action."

Mount Auburn International Academy has been missing what teachers called a model student since January. They're hosting another memorial march at 1 p.m. Monday at the school at 244 Southern Ave. to honor Alexandrea's life.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Section at 513-352-3542 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 513-352-3040 or submit a tip at  Callers may remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information.