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Man charged with murder in August shooting death of Metro bus rider

Posted at 10:59 AM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 16:22:33-04

CINCINNATI — The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office announced the indictment of a man in the Aug. 18 shooting death of a Metro bus rider on Thursday.

According to the prosecutor's office, 30-year-old Joshua Ervin and another person fired numerous shots at each other near 900 Dana Avenue. Their gunfire struck a Metro bus in the area, and a shot fired by Ervin allegedly killed 21-year-old Neko Larkin who was riding the bus at the time.

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"Larkin, who was coming home from work and had nothing do to with Ervin’s gun fight, was struck and killed," Hamilton County Assistant Chief Prosecutor Stacey DeGraffenreid said.

Another passenger was injured in the gunfight and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Ervin now faces one count of murder, two counts of felonious assault and one count of having weapons under disability, and he is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center. The other person in the gunfight has not been charged at this time.

"The death of innocent people in our community due to gunfire is senseless and unacceptable," DeGraffenreid said.