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Family still looking for answers 2 years after dad shot dead

Posted: 6:14 PM, Jan 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-06 00:29:45Z

NORTH COLLEGE HILL, Ohio -- It's been two years since someone fatally shot Joe Leach. 

Someone walked into Leach's business, Leach Automotive, pulled a gun on him and demanded money. When Leach tried to run away, the man shot him in the back. Three days later, Leach died.

Surveillance cameras captured shadowy images of the shooter.

Leach's children are still waiting for answers.

"It really is rough going through old pictures and videos and things, especially on the holidays, it's really hard," Kristin King, Leach's daughter, said. "It's really hard to know he's not there."

To those close to him, he was "Papa Joe." 

"He was a big old teddy bear, but at the same time he was so sarcastic," King said. "He just had a larger-than-life personality."

To others, Leach was a legend in motor sports. He proudly ran his North College Hill auto shop for 33 years. His son, Randy Leach, took over the business when he died.

"We try to keep his legacy going, and try to do it the way he did it," the younger Leach said. 

Two years later, there have been no arrests. 

"Emotions are running high, just like it was that day," Leach's daughter, Carla Broshear, said. "It's like we are reliving it."

The family is no less determined now to get justice for their father. They said he was passionate about his work, but with eight grandchildren looking up to him, he put family first.

"There is a hole in our hearts and it could be solved if someone would come forward," King said. "If they could tell us anything, give us the answers, it would mean the world to our family."

There are two rewards out for any information leading to an arrest, including a $5,000 one. Police have said they believe the suspect is local. They asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.