Sunday, August 20, 2000

Two more homicides in the city

Slayings push year's total to 21

By Mara H. Gottfried
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Two men were found slain Saturday, pushing the city's homicide total to 21 this year.

        Richard Wood, 22, was gunned down in Over-The-Rhine early Saturday morning. A maintenance worker discovered Maurice A. Green, 53, dead in his Mount Auburn apartment.

        Cincinnati Police Division officers found Mr. Wood of Westwood lying in the road in the 1700 block of Frintz Street at 3:30 a.m. He was taken to University Hospital, but was dead upon arrival from a gunshot wound to the chest.

        Mr. Green, who lived in the 2000 block of Alvin Street, was last seen alive by neighbors on Wednesday. Police did not release the cause of his death, but called it a homicide.

        Detectives made no arrests in either case Saturday and released few details as they continued their investigations into both.

        By the end of August last year, there had been 23 homicides in the city.

        Roosevelt Bonds, 29, said Mr. Wood grew up in Over-The-Rhine and often came to visit friends or play basketball in the neighborhood.

        “He was a good guy,” said Mr. Bonds. “He was a laid back kind of guy. He just loved to laugh and play ball. He was the kind of guy you could talk to any time.”

        On Friday night, Mr. Wood went to the Ritz, a Roselawn nightclub at 1752 Seymour Ave., Mr. Bonds said. What happened when he returned to Over-the-Rhine is a mystery to Mr. Bonds.

        “He was never a violent person, he was actually kind of quiet,” he said. “He didn't mess with anyone. That's why this doesn't make sense.”

        Although Mr. Bonds did not see the shooting, he said he is sure there must have been a witness.

        “Someone up here had to have seen what happened or someone running away,” he said. “It's just that no one's talking.”

        Detectives are also looking for anyone with information about the shooting. They describe the suspect as a thin, clean-shaven black man in his 20s with a short fade haircut. He was wearing a black short sleeve shirt with red trim, dark baggy shorts and dark gym shoes. He was last seen running up Frintz Street toward East Clifton Avenue.

        Anyone with information about either homicide can call the Homicide Unit at 352-3542 or Crimestoppers at 352-3040. Callers do not have to give their names and may receive a monetary reward for information.


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