Life is still rocky for the family of Quentin Gill, whose April 2004 killing remains unsolved (see "A Separate Justice," issue of Aug. 25-31, 2004).
Quentin's sister Princess and her two young daughters have yet to transfer out of the Millvale apartment that's been the target of two drive-by shootings, though the executive director of Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) finally agreed to grant a transfer after the office of Councilman Christopher Smitherman got involved.
Even so, "(CMHA) sent one paper saying she was on a transfer list, and we haven't heard from them since," according to Quentin and Princess' mother Paulette.
The Gill family believes the shootings were by the same men who continue to harass them, the same men they're convinced killed Quentin, then 20. Now those men have started taunting Princess' 5-year-old daughter.
"They follow them and scare them," Paulette says. "They followed us to the store. They came right where we were and just set right next to us, and I left the little ones in the car and they started saying those smart remarks to them. But I gave up on calling the police on them."
Just this past weekend someone kicked the door open and broke all the windows out of her house, Paulette says. She believes it's another scare tactic.
But she refuses to stop making noise, trying in her own way to earn justice for her son.
She just found out that the Citizens Complaint Authority (CCA) ruled unfounded a complaint she lodged against two Cincinnati Police officers alleging they didn't follow up on a tip about the whereabouts of Quentin's body. It was found decomposing in a vacant apartment on McHenry Avenue more than two weeks after Quentin disappeared.
The CCA's resolution disposition says Paulette hadn't given officers enough specifics and notes that officers were following her other leads as well as combing the banks of the Ohio River and Mill Creek and searching more than 100 vacant apartments in the Huntington Meadows housing complex.
Paulette calls those findings untrue, saying she gave police only one lead and they didn't try hard enough to follow it to her dead son.
She continues to call the homicide division nearly every day, though she feels that detectives are more concerned about the people Quentin might have killed than who killed him.
"They never brought Quentin in one time for questioning for murder," she says. "Since my son's been killed, they've come up with three people he's killed instead of solving his case. Them boys was dead for years before Quentin was killed -- why come all you all couldn't come up with it then, instead of slandering his name (now)?"
Of the siblings Quentin left behind, the oldest fares best. Princess, 23, earns her certification as a pharmacy technician in August.
But Paulette's two youngest children are foundering in the wake of their brother's death. Her son Tyrell, 11, still is in and out of trouble.
"He's got his own way of dealing with what's going on, and he just ain't accepting it well," Paulette says. "It's gonna take him a minute to get used to living without his big brother."
And they've just learned that Paulette's 15-year-old daughter Jasmine is four months pregnant.
"I guess when we were running trying to take care of Quentin, she was running around dealing with things her own way," Paulette says.
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