Written By: Ishton W. Morton – July 28th, 2019
According to Cincinnati police on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019, 22 year-old Delrico Peoples was arrested. He is charged with murder in connection with the June 5th, 2019 shooting death of Brandon Phoenix.
Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 5400 block of Colerain Avenue during the afternoon of June 5th, 2019 found the victim Brandon Phoenix. Sadly, 19 year-old Brandon Phoenix dead at the scene.
Unfortunately, approaching 10 hours prior to Phoenix’s death 25-year-old Gannon Hillman was fatally shot in Bond Hill.
Dejectedly this fatal shooting was the second to occurred in the City of Cincinnati within 24 hours and about the fourth in the past week.
However, authorities believed Phoenix were shot and killed by a drive-by gunman who is believed to have been in a black, late-model Chevrolet last seen traveling down Colerain Avenue toward Virginia Avenue. Also, police officers believed Phoenix was not the intended target.
Regardless, an up-and-coming young man was futilely murdered. He had absolutely no criminal record and worked at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital. He was a meaningful and productive citizen. He was doing all the right things.
Because Police need help to identify potential witnesses in hospital worker’s homicide the Cincinnati Police Department turned to the community for assistance and requested anyone with information regarding this homicide were asked to contact the police at 513-352-3542.
Subsequently, it paid off! Police recovered and reviewed video footage from around the area after the shooting in an effort to identify the suspect. Also, they conducted interviews with the people seen in nearby vehicles. Hats off to the Cincinnati Police. Good Job!
The arrest of 22-year-old Delrico Peoples came approximately sevenweeks after Phoenix’s death. Reportedly, he was on his way to work at Children’s Hospital. He was waiting to catch a bus when he was struck by a stray bullet that killed him.
On Tuesday, police made an arrest in the case, and 22-year-old Delrico Peoples was taken into custody.
Nonetheless, on Wednesday July 24th, 2019 a judge set Peoples’s bond at $2 million.
During Peoples’ arraignment hearing his attitude was of extreme arrogance. He shows no remorse or repentance whatsoever.
According to his friend on WLWT5 News, Brandon Phoenix was a good person. He was fun to be around. He ran track in school. He was admired by his teachers, coaches and peers. After he graduated from North College Hill High School, he began working at Children’s in the hospitals the food service department.