18-year-old killed, second teen injured in shooting in Cheviot

An 18-year-old is dead and a second teenager was sent to the hospital after a shooting at a home in Cheviot overnight on Wednesday.Neighbors say police are called out to this home all the time, eight times already this year.Upon arrival at that home in Cheviot, police found 18-year-old Terrell Merrill dead in an upstairs closet. Neighbors say this street is normally quiet with the occasional disturbance from that residence. Although the family does agree a lot of things happened in this home, Terrell dying should not have been one of them. “This shouldn’t have happened to him,” Terrell’s aunt, Keisha Merrill, said. The first 911 call of the shooting on Dina Avenue in Cheviot came in around 3 am Wednesday.”Yes, we need the ambulance at Dina Avenue, somebody is shot,” one 911 call stated. Dispatchers asked how old the victims were. “He’s 15, it’s another one he 18, 17, I don’t know. Can y’all hurry up?”Keisha Merrill lives four doors up the street. Once her daughters ran into her home she also called 911.”I didn’t go down there. I stood at the corner because I didn’t know what happened, they ran out the house,” Keisha Merrill said. The family spoke to the media for the first time, saying the stories of what happened from police continue to change. “It’s too many stories going around. We just need one story and that’s the truth, that’s all we need to know,” Keisha said. Police reports say officers found Terrell in a closet. One juvenile who was also shot says Terrell shot himself. The family disagrees. “And how he end up in the closet if he shot himself in front of y’all but he ended up in the closet? So y’all went in the closet to see it? Like, I’m confused,” Keisha Merrill said .Urging everyone to do something to stop the senseless killings “Please get your kids, control your kids, keep these guns away from these little kids, lock your guns up, put them in a lockbox, safe or something. We need to keep these kids away from the guns,” Keisha Merrill said. A special meeting was also held tonight by Cincinnati City Council to address the traumas children have when dealing with issues such as abuse and gun violence. Iris Roley, a community activist and now liaison for Community Affairs at City Hall, spoke about a six-month problem-solving study they did and they came up with several grants. One grant will give 10 community-based organizations seed funding to develop programs aimed at helping reduce violence in communities.

An 18-year-old is dead and a second teenager was sent to the hospital after a shooting at a home in Cheviot overnight on Wednesday.

Neighbors say police are called out to this home all the time, eight times already this year.

Upon arrival at that home in Cheviot, police found 18-year-old Terrell Merrill dead in an upstairs closet.

Neighbors say this street is normally quiet with the occasional disturbance from that residence.

Although the family does agree a lot of things happened in this home, Terrell dying should not have been one of them.

“This shouldn’t have happened to him,” Terrell’s aunt, Keisha Merrill, said.

The first 911 call of the shooting on Dina Avenue in Cheviot came in around 3 am Wednesday.

“Yes, we need the ambulance at Dina Avenue, somebody is shot,” one 911 call stated.

Dispatchers asked how old the victims were.

“He’s 15, it’s another one he 18, 17, I don’t know. Can y’all hurry up?”

Keisha Merrill lives four doors up the street. Once her daughters ran into her home she also called 911.

“I didn’t go down there. I stood at the corner because I didn’t know what happened, they ran out the house,” Keisha Merrill said.

The family spoke to the media for the first time, saying the stories of what happened from police continue to change.

“It’s too many stories going around. We just need one story and that’s the truth, that’s all we need to know,” Keisha said.

Police reports say officers found Terrell in a closet.

One juvenile who was also shot says Terrell shot himself. The family disagrees.

“And how he end up in the closet if he shot himself in front of y’all but he ended up in the closet? So y’all went in the closet to see it? Like, I’m confused,” Keisha Merrill said .

Urging everyone to do something to stop the senseless killings

“Please get your kids, control your kids, keep these guns away from these little kids, lock your guns up, put them in a lockbox, safe or something. We need to keep these kids away from the guns,” Keisha Merrill said.

A special meeting was also held tonight by Cincinnati City Council to address the traumas children have when dealing with issues such as abuse and gun violence.

Iris Roley, a community activist and now liaison for Community Affairs at City Hall, spoke about a six-month problem-solving study they did and they came up with several grants.

One grant will give 10 community-based organizations seed funding to develop programs aimed at helping reduce violence in communities.

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