As American’s celebrate the fourth of July this Saturday, frustration builds for the Kelsie Crow family. America’s birthday will mark three long agonizing months since she was hit with a bullet and would die a few days later.
On Wednesday, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell told FOX19 NOW, “we’re close. We are close,” when asked where the investigation stands in her death.
Blackwell would not give any details to the statement, but said, “we have the best homicide group in the nation. They’ll solve it. The city will solve it.”
Crow was struck by a stray bullet April 4 after leaving a Sweet 16 birthday party at the Walnut Hills YMCA. No arrests have been made in the case.
Two other teens were wounded and nearly 30 shots fired when the party spilled from the Melrose Avenue YMCA into the parking lot. At least 100 teens reportedly attended the party, which YMCA officials claimed was a private event.
A family spokesperson issued a statement in regards to the increased reward money for the 17-year-old. It reads: "The family hopes this increase in the reward will bring a good soul forward to give information that will bring justice for Kelsie, her family and her friends who loved her so.”
Officials say Mary and John Locaputo and Beth and Jeff Bradsaw, donated the $1,000 to Crime Stoppers. The reward had been at $10,000 since April 14.
“My family made this donation to encourage cooperation with law enforcement. This family deserves to know who murdered their daughter,” Locaputo said.
Blackwell explained to me that reward money does help solve crimes. Although, he felt it’s a sad statement about society as a whole.
“Unfortunately it does and I say that because you shouldn't have to pay people to be good citizens,” he said. “You shouldn't have to pay people to do the right thing. To bring information forward that puts a killer behind bars.”
Anyone with information that could lead to prosecution should contact Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.
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