Some families had an empty seat at the dinner table this Christmas as their loved ones were taken by gun violence. As part of a year-end Crime Stoppers series, 2 NEWS is following up with Dayton Police as they try to bring families justice and closure to solve those cases.
“Every day it’s tough. But it’s even worse at the holiday season,” says Dayton Police Major Brian Johns.
2018 was the first Christmas without Lensie Wiggins, and he never got to meet his child. Lensie was gunned down this year when his girlfriend was pregnant.
Around 7 p.m. October 27 he called his girlfriend, and she said it sounded like he was in trouble. She drove to the neighborhood where he was taking care of some dogs and found him in the 200 block of Westwood Avenue.
“She pulls up to him and realizes that he had been shot,” says Dayton Police Detective Zachary Farkas.
She put him in her minivan and rushed him to Miami Valley Hospital, but it was too late. Dayton Police are still trying to understand what happened that evening.
“We understand that a lot of individuals in the city are scared to come forward but any help that they can give would be greatly appreciated,” says Farkas.
“Very seldom do these things occur where people don’t know anything about them,” says Johns.
If you know anything about Lensie’s death. The number to call is 937-222-STOP or 937-222-7867. Tips can remain anonymous and you could earn a cash reward.