Of all the details and decisions Amber Caudell has had to make in the days since her daughter was fatally shot as she hid from a gunman who shot her father, there is one that was never difficult.
There was never a second thought that Alexandrea "Sissy" Thompson would be an organ donor, her mom said this week as she planned her 9-year-old's upcoming visitation and funeral service this weekend.
"That was a no-brainer. She was so giving, so thoughtful. If she had been an adult, she would have been an organ donor,'' said Caudell. "This, well this speaks to her character."
But that's about all Caudell is sure of these days, when sleep escapes her and words are difficult to come by and sentences harder to form.
Police are pushing for an arrest in the case that has galvanized many local ministers and neighborhood activists and has again shined a light on the issue of a pervasive no-snitch street culture that often hinders investigation into such crimes.
"Our homicide unit is working tirelessly to get more information on who was involved in this,'' said Cincinnati Police Lt. Steve Saunders. "At this point, we need as much information as possible. She was an innocent victim in this.
"Just a kid who was inside her home. Who does this?'' he asked rhetorically. "This is appalling to the community." Continue reading