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2011 shooting of Dion Thomas in Over-The-Rhine park still unsolved

For the families of victims killed in unsolved murders, life is at a standstill.

The Enquirer is highlighting a series of cold cases, summarized and analyzed by the journalists whose careers largely focus on unsolved murders: the creators of Cincinnati.com's Accused podcast. If you have any information on any unsolved case, please reach out to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Suggestions for cases to highlight can be sent to [email protected] 

The crime: With temps hovering in the low 70s, June 26, 2011, was a perfectly pleasant Sunday in Cincinnati – the type of day that would lure plenty of people to the neighborhood park. 

At 3:30 p.m., Dion Thomas was at such a park, sitting on a bench in Over-The-Rhine, when a car rolled up, pulled to a stop and someone leaned out a window with an assault rifle. Thomas, 18, was shot in the head. 

Backstory from the files of Accused

Police told reporters that the weapon used was an AK-47, and Thomas wasn’t the only victim hit by its spray: A 12-year-old boy also at the park was shot in the foot, though he managed to run from the scene. 

The victim: When we revisit these cases in this space, we try to find family members or police to talk to, but after circling back to this one on and off for months, we never had luck tracking anyone down. (Young adults don’t have lengthy paper trails to help locate loved ones, and the surname Thomas doesn’t help narrow things down.) Still, every victim matters. No matter what Thomas was doing or who he was, he mattered to someone, so we’ll piece together what we can from the scant reports we have. 


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