Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Lincoln Hts. measures its loss, looks for answers

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LINCOLN HEIGHTS — The deaths of Doreathea Hayes, her 13-year-old daughter, Shenay, and well-known community activist Elton “Arybie” Rose have shocked this suburb of about 4,000.

        But village leaders aren't content to let the deaths go unanswered.

        On Tuesday, they distributed fliers urging residents to exchange phone numbers, promise to keep in touch and form block watch groups.

        “I approve of that very much. It's definitely something I would get involved in,” said Lincoln Heights resident John “J.W.” Jones, who along with Mr. Rose headed the Lock's Club, a nonprofit civic organization.

        Former village council member Joanne Anderson said, “We have suffered a great loss. We have long needed to unite, to address issues not only of our community but of our nation. We need to come together as a praying community and as people concerned about each other.”

        The bodies of Ms. Hayes, 41, her daughter, and Mr. Rose, 64, were found Saturday night when police went to 687 Chicago Ave. in response to a 911 hang-up call.

        The responding officer, Lincoln Heights Police Sgt. Deangelo Sumler, was shot at, allegedly by Ms. Hayes' boyfriend, Stan Fitzpatrick, 33, later captured in Sharonville.

        Mr. Fitzpatrick has been charged with one count of aggravated murder and two of murder. He also faces a count of felonious assault in the shooting at Sgt. Sumler.

        Mr. Fitzpatrick is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center. Bond was set at $3.5 million.

        Investigators are looking at a number of theories. One suggests that Ms. Hayes and her daughter were killed Thursday and that Mr. Fitzpatrick lured Mr. Rose to the house Saturday night.

        A motive is not known.

        Lincoln Heights Police Chief Ernie McCowen said the only contact his office had had with residents of 687 Chicago Ave. was earlier this month when a visitor reported a vehicle theft.

        Investigators were checking into rumors that there were relationship troubles between Ms. Hayes and Mr. Fitzpatrick. There is no record of any restraining order against Mr. Fitzpatrick in Hamilton County Domestic Relations court or in criminal court.

        Ms. Hayes' sister, Carol Murden, said Tuesday that her sister never spoke of any trouble between herself and Mr. Fitzpatrick.

        She said the two worked together at Formica Corp.'s Evendale plant. They met in 1999.

        “My sister was a quiet person. She never missed a day of work, didn't run the streets, drink or gamble. She was a homebody,” Ms. Murden said, adding that her sister was a lifelong resident of Lincoln Heights.

        She described her niece as “a typical preteen” who played the bassoon.

        Mr. Rose, a former Lincoln Heights safety director and amateur boxer, was known for his generosity, friendliness and protective nature.

        More than 40 years ago, Mr. Rose was a middleweight boxer and a Golden Gloves teammate of Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay.

        Mr. Rose went on to train youngsters how to box at the Lincoln Heights YMCA.

        Pamela Hunn was Mr. Rose's neighbor. Her nephew trained with him and remembers his patience and caring ways, she said.

        Mr. Rose taught youngsters “how to be strong black men,” Ms. Hunn said. “He was real patient (and) he had the stature of a boxer.”

        Friends and relatives are gathering this evening at New Friendship Baptist Church, 3212 Reading Road, Avondale, to remember Mr. Rose. His funeral will be at 7 p.m.. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. at the church.

        Funeral arrangements for Ms. Hayes and Shenay are pending.

        Susan Vela contributed to this story.



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