Residents march for peace in Mount Auburn after unusual number of shootings

Posted at 6:50 PM, Feb 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-18 20:10:56-05

CINCINNATI -- More shots were fired Saturday evening, capping an unusually violent week in Cincinnati.

Some residents said they were fed up with the shootings. Cincinnati Works' Phoenix Program led a peace march through the streets of Mount Auburn Saturday, with participants chanting slogans like "see something, say something."

"I don't know how to feel," Anita Campbell, the mother of a shooting victim, said. "I don't know what I'm feeling. I just know my heart aches -- a lot."

Donald Campbell

Campbell's 28-year-old son, Donald Campbell, was shot dead in a car Tuesday.

There were at least six shootings in two days this week. Casey Roby, 24, was found shot dead in a car in Mount Auburn Thursday. Two hours later and two miles away in North Avondale, police found 47-year-old Pamela Hacker in an apartment suffering from a shot to the chest. She died on the way to the hospital.

It's also been one month since 9-year-old Alexandrea Thompson was shot dead in her Mount Auburn home.

"I'm going to start coming out because -- beforehand, I wasn't doing it -- but now, I've had a little taste of it, so I'm going to come out and help them as much as I can, too," Campbell said.

There will also be a gun buyback event as part of the efforts to get guns off the streets. Anyone who turns one in will receive a $100 gift card for Kroger or Walmart. The event is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at Truth & Destiny Covenant Ministries, 2645 W. Northbend Rd.