Friday, August 15, 2003

Unsolved killings acted out

Video will be shown to likely tipsters

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] Lucy Logan, mother of a murder victim, cries as his killing is portrayed at a video screening Thursday.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
Faces of homicide victims and re-enactments of their unsolved killings will continuously flash on television screens throughout the Hamilton County Justice Center starting today, in the hope that inmates who know something about the deaths will contact authorities.

The brainchild of a Madisonville mother whose son's killing remains unsolved, the pictures are part of a 45-minute video Sheriff Simon Leis has agreed to play for an undetermined time. The video will not be shown on every television in the jail and inmates will have other viewing options, Leis said.

Cincinnati police and Crime Stoppers hope the stories of the unsolved homicides will compel the captive audience to call an anonymous tip line if they know something about a killing.

So does Lucy Logan. She's the mother of Nolan Moi, who was fatally shot in March 2002 in his Madisonville apartment.

The killing remains unsolved, pushing her to organize the relatives' group Who Killed Our Kids?

She said making the video still brought back pain "because it was a constant reminder of what happened to Nolan.''

"I have to detach myself so I can get stuff like this done,'' she said Thursday.

"I'm just glad this first run is finished.''

She's hoping to raise money to help defray the cost of adding updates to the video.

Moi's is the first face on the screen, and actors re-enact his shooting.

Twenty-six other pictures follow. Among them: Gino Booker, found shot to death on Walters Street in Walnut Hills in October 2002; LaBrian Westmoreland, shot to death in a Walnut Hills bar in April 2002; and Tony Johnson, shot in Bond Hill in May 2002.

Booker's family has put up its own $6,000 reward.

The video was prepared by Channel 12.

Crime Stoppers gets a lot of calls from jails and expects to get more when the video starts playing, said Sgt. Lisa Davis. Crime Stoppers paid out $76,550 in rewards last year, and emphasizes that tipsters are never asked to identify themselves.

Who Killed Our Kids? will have a booth at this weekend's Black Family Reunion. Of the 40 homicide victims this year, 34 are African-American.


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