- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio man who’s lost a son and two other teenage relatives to shootings is participating in public efforts to protest gun violence.

Al Cephas walked along a Cincinnati bridge on Wednesday holding a sign reading “Stop Gun Violence Now,” The Cincinnati Enquirer reported (https://cin.ci/1q8Srbu).

The half-vigil and half-anti-violence event was held in response to last Friday’s shooting death of Jydale Keith, who was found in a car with multiple gunshot wounds.

The Ceasefire, the Phoenix Program and the Cincinnati Human Rights Commission have held events for nearly every 2016 Cincinnati homicide.

Cephas’ nephew, Rodney Smith, was shot three times in the back of the head in 2003. The 19-year-old’s killing remains unsolved.

Four years later Cephas’ son, Nicholas Robinson, was killed while trying to rob a city man.

Then, in 2009, Antonio Portis admitted to police that he killed Cephas’ cousin, Michael Cephas, over a drug dispute.

Now, Cephas is doing what he can to curb gun violence in the city. He said he parents should pay more attention to their kids by asking questions, becoming more involved in their lives and helping them stay positive.

He said he sees many children believing the same things he did at a young age.

“I was one of those people that thought I had to be a pro athlete, and that my life wasn’t nothing because I never accomplished some of those goals, but that’s not true,” he said. “It’s about trying to be here and help each other and keep the hope alive.”


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com

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