Friends and community leaders, including Cincinnati’s police chief, mourned a high school student shot to death after she attended a “Sweet 16” party over the weekend, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Kelsie Crow, 17, died after a shooting at a YMCA, where the party took place. A “couple hundred” teens were at the party. A fight broke out around midnight and “somewhere around 60 shots” were fired, police said. A 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were also shot and are in stable condition at a hospital.
“These are the cases that hurt a city, when you have a young person robbed of a future from senseless gun violence,” said Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell as he attended a prayer service yesterday. “I’m hurting and I’m disappointed that we continue to have young people carrying guns and firing indiscriminately.” City Councilman Christopher Smitherman, chair of council’s law and public safety committee, challenged anyone with knowledge of the shootings to contact police. Smitherman has worked the past few years to stop the “no-snitch” culture surrounding homicide investigations in some parts of the city. “But there’s still a part of our community that’s way too quiet about these murders,” he said. “We have to have a community that stops making excuses for this behavior.”