Melvin Stanford, who was fatally shot not far from his Roselawn home on Wednesday night, took time to help other people in his community.
Neighbor Ethyl Burkes-Worsham said she thought of 57-year-old Stanford as a grandson — one who volunteered to carry her groceries, check in on her well-being and mow neighbors’ lawns. She believes many other seniors on Brookcrest Drive felt the same way.
“He carried my groceries in,” she said. “He helped me and my husband. Melvin was a good guy.”
Police found Stanford alive at the Losantiville Avenue scene of the shooting on Wednesday night. He died shortly after being taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Cincinnati police had not released any information about the circumstances behind the shooting or a possible suspect by Thursday evening.
“He was old. He wasn't into no gang or nothing like that,” Burkes-Worsham said. “You know he wasn't — whatever happened, you know what, I think they got the wrong guy. And that is sad.”