Written By: Ishton W. Morton – October 13th, 2019
Unfortunately, Neko Larkin, who was coming home from work and had nothing do to with Ervin’s gun fight, was struck and killed.
On Thursday, October 10th, 2019, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Joshua Ervin Date Of Birth is February 15th, 1989 for the August 17th, 2019 murder of Neko Larkin.
The death of innocent people in our community due to gunfire is senseless and unacceptable.”
Larkin is the father of two. The mother of his son and daughter had been asking for justice and wondering how she is going to explain what happened to her children. Larkin had also been a student at Cincinnati State.
Here is a little known fact. Neko Larkin spend most of childhood growing-up in foster care. However although only 2.5% of children who grew-up in foster care graduate from a four-year college and while fewer than 2% of youth formerly in foster care complete a bachelor’s degree before the age of 25, compared with 24% of the general population Larkin was completely focused on getting a four-year college degree. He was well on his way and doing everything that was required of him.
The numbers are stark. However, according to Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation on foster care issues, it is estimated that 30-50% of youth exit the foster care system without a high school diploma or high school equivalent. Meanwhile, only 30.7% of children who grow up in foster care graduate from high school.
Nevertheless, rightfully so, Ervin is charged with 1 count of Murder (Special Felony), 2 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2) and 1 count of Weapon Under Disability (Felony 3). If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of life in prison.
Reportedly, Larkin was riding home from work at approximately 9:00 p.m. on the North Avondale Metro Bus when Ervin and a still uncharged suspect fired multiple shots at each other that went into the bus in the area of 900 Dana Avenue. Larkin was killed on impact and one other rider was injured. The bus driver immediately drove to the University of Cincinnati Hospital.
Additionally, Metro Operator Antonio McClendon is worthy of honor or high esteem who claimed that the shooting and the taking of one’s life on his passengers reopens familiar wounds. He said, his son was shot four years ago — the 21-year-old as he was about to be enlisted in the U.S. Army.”
McClendon turned around and drove Larkin and the other passengers to UC Medical Center.
Unfortunately, Larkin was pronounced dead at University Hospital as the result of a gunshot wound to the head. The Hamilton County Coroner ruled his death a homicide as a result of the gunshot wound.
However, other Metro passenger were injured but none other were seriously injured.
According to Hamilton County Assistant Chief Prosecutor Stacey DeGraffenreid commented, “Ervin and another still uncharged suspect were shooting at one another when the Metro bus driver stopped at a bus stop to pick up a passenger.”
To Date, Ervin is in the Hamilton County Jail. Also he is charged with felonious assault for shooting at the other person.