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16-year-old Taft High School student killed in weekend shooting

Dartmouth Avenue shooting
Posted at 9:41 AM, Feb 20, 2023

CINCINNATI — According to Cincinnati Public Schools, the 16-year-old boy who was killed in a shooting in Westwood this weekend was a student at Taft High School.

Lamar Spikes was killed Saturday night after getting shot in the 3300 block of Dartmouth Drive. Cincinnati police responded to the scene around 10:15 p.m. When they arrived, they found Spikes suffering from a gunshot wound.

Spikes was pronounced dead at hospital, Cincinnati police said in a press release.

In a letter to parents, the district said Spikes passed away due to "senseless gun violence." Counselors and other mental health professionals will be available to help students process the loss during the school day Tuesday, the district said.

CPD's homicide unit said the investigation is ongoing.

Investigators have not released any suspect information.

Anyone with any information about this homicide is asked to call the homicide unit at 513-352-3542.

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