West End shooting survivor asks Cincinnati leaders for help

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CINCINNATI — A shooting survivor said she felt like a prisoner in her West End home, pleading with city leaders for help Thursday.

“I can’t take it anymore,” said Renay Jackson. “I can’t take anything else. I’m about to collapse.”

Three months ago, gunshots outside Jackson’s apartment made her a victim of violent crime. A shooter still wanted by police targeted someone else and Jackson was an innocent bystander, Cincinnati police said.

Now the disabled mother is desperate to move but feels left out.

“I just feel like it’s okay that she got shot,” Jackson said. “Well, she’s still here, fuck her. That’s how I feel. No one said, ‘Are you okay? Here are some resources. It’s like innocent people getting hurt in stuff like that, there’s no help for us. I get a check once a month, but by the time I pay my bills here and there, I have nothing left for me. even though (a landlord) said to give us rent, $500 for that deposit (to move out), I can’t. I do not have it. The rent office told me I had to be on a waiting list if I wanted to move.”

His public housing landlords offered a move, Jackson said. They suggested he move two gates in the same compound.

“I think it’s going to put me in more danger because when me and the detective knocked on that door and talked to this grandma (who lived there), that grandma literally said to us, ‘Hey well, they called and said they were going to kill me too,” Jackson said. “So why the hell do you all think you’re going to put me in there? This lady was about 90 years old. If they’re going to kill her, they don’t care.”

Jackson said she felt trapped and scared, unable to sleep.

“Nothing has changed except my medication,” Jackson said, clutching a clear backpack full of prescriptions for anxiety and other ailments he suffered in the aftermath of the shooting. “You don’t know who (the shooters are). You don’t know who (is) affiliated with them. I know I’m on the verge of depression and I shouldn’t. But, like I said, when you don’t have family, you can’t trust friends, it’s hard.”

During a July 7 interview with WCPO 9 News about his plan to quell the violence in Cincinnati, Mayor Aftab Pureval expressed concern about Jackson’s situation and suggested that part of the $8 million record that his administration transferred to the city’s Human Services Fund would help victims and witnesses of crime. .

“First of all, my heart goes out to the survivors of the crime,” Mayor Pureval said in the interview. “It is unacceptable, the crime in our city and cities across the country. We are focused on one thing and that is stopping the violence. Supporting survivors, supporting witnesses is absolutely part of the strategy. (Teresa, Acting Cincinnati Police Chief) Theetge and I talk about it all the time, which is why we made such a historic investment in our social services fund. But it goes beyond that. We have been very specific to fund organizations that help stop the violence.

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United Way, which manages funds for the Human Services Fund, said the new funds have not yet been allocated. However, they said the 211 community database can help.

“At this point, financial aid resources are very limited,” Amy Weber, director of knowledge and investment center for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, said in an email. “Despite federal resources and local public support, demand continues to exceed resources.”

United Way recommended trauma recovery and victim services offered by the Seven Hills Community Centers and Talbert House.

Jackson hopes help will arrive soon. She created her own GoFundMe to make sure.

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