Cincinnati heats up in June
May had come and gone pretty quietly. I was really excited to back at it, working full-time in a newsroom and getting re-acquainted with Cincinnati, The Enquirer, my old new co-workers, my new new co-workers, the equipment and just the workflow in general. May was pretty easy and it went by pretty fast.
June was the month that everything started heating up. As the temperature rose, so did violence around the city. I covered a few things for the first time in June, and saw a few things I’ll never forget.
A typical Friday morning before work changed suddenly when Cincinnati Police officer Sonny Kim was shot to death on duty. Instantly a day of work that was supposed to be quiet and laid back turned into a marathon of sad images and tense scenes. I began that day in a helicopter capturing aerial photos of the crime scene and ended it on the ground, attending a vigil for Officer Kim and the man who shot him before being killed himself by responding officers. As community members gathered in Madisonville to grieve both men, the scene grew more tense.
Just a few days later I captured what has become my most talked about photo to date. On a routine assignment to cover a peace rally through Over-the-Rhine, breaking news reporter Cameron Knight and I missed being in the middle of a shooting by less than 10 minutes. Having just made it to the end of block, we heard shots ring out behind us and beginning running to find out what happened. We ran right into a scene where a young man lay bleeding in the street with Ohio State Senator Cecil Thomas crouched over him trying to help. Police had just been called by witnesses and ambulances were still minutes away when Cam and I got to work. The man died later from multiple gunshot wounds. I had never watched a person die before, and I haven’t since. Hopefully I’ll never have to again, but I suppose as long as I’m work in this field it’s always a possibility.
Looking back, now a year later, that day and that photo changed a lot of things for me personally and professionally. While the photo went on to gain a lot of attention around the city and win a lot of awards for news photography, that scene and those feelings have stuck with me.
In less somber light, there were also a lot of high points in June. I got to meet Pete Rose and do a story from his childhood home. I covered an exciting OHSAA state baseball tournament. And I even got to shoot one (very wet) game when the Detroit Tigers came to town, before the rest of the series was rained out.
State Senator Cecil Thomas, left, and bystanders call out for help as they to tend to a shooting victim as he lay near the intersection of Race and Elder Streets, across from Findlay Market, where has was shot during a three-person shootout about 7:00 p.m. in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, on Monday, June 22, 2015. The victim was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he died of his injuries. Thomas was in the neighborhood as he was taking part in peace march through the neighborhood just moments before the gunfire.
Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose reminisces with Enquirer writer Paul Daugherty as he walks around the front of his childhood home in the Riverside neighborhood of Cincinnati, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Rose spoke candidly about his upbringing near the banks of the Ohio River, his family, multi-sport youth career and the lesson’s of his father he credits with making him the player he was.
Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce (32) makes a catch at the warning track off the bat of Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) during the top of the second inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
Summit second baseman Will Mackey (2) leaps over a poorly-thrown pickoff throw to second base during the bottom of the first inning of the OHSAA D-III State Championship baseball game between the Summit Country Day Silver Knights and the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, June 6, 2015. After two innings the Crusaders led 2-0.
Summit Country Day starting pitcher Connor McMurry (12) delivers a pitch in the top of the first inning of the OHSAA Division III State Semi-Final baseball game between the Summit Country Day Silver Knights and the Genoa Area Comets at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, June 5, 2015.
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) shatters a bat in the top of the eighth inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The game was delayed after the Tigers took a 3-2 lead over the Reds in the top of the sixth. The Reds beat the Tigers 8-4 after a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 13th inning off the bat of Todd Frazier.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Ivan De Jesus (3) reaches for a tag on Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) at second base, but misses the put-out during the top of the fifth inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Minnesota Twins at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Monday, on Monday, June 29, 2015. The Reds beat the Twins in the opening game of the series, 11-7.
The Moeller Crusaders celebrates on the mound after their win in the OHSAA Division I State Championship baseball game between the Moeller Crusaders and the Westerville Central Warhawks at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The Crusaders won the school’s eighth state title with a 16-0, three-hit shutout of the Warhawks in just five innings.
Police investigate the scene of an officer-involved shooting near the intersection of Roe Street and Whetsel Avenue in the Madisonville neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, June 19, 2015. The officer was critically injured and taken to University of Cincinnati Hospital.
Uneek Lowe (left), grandmother of Trepierre Hummons, is comforted during a vigil at the Madisonville Arts Center in the Madisonville neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, June 19, 2015. More than 300 people converged on the arts center to show support for both the families of Hummons and fallen Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim who were both shot and killed Friday morning.
Ronald Hummons, father of Trepierre Hummons, attempts to make peace with Cincinnati Police Officers after a confrontation outside a vigil at the Madisonville Arts Center in the Madisonville neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, June 19, 2015. More than 300 people converged on the arts center to show support for both the families of Hummons and fallen Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim who were both shot and killed Friday morning.
Students Luis Del Moral (back), 15, of Sycamore, and Connor Jones (front), 19, of Williamstown, Ky., grieve after a scheduled training session on a bench outside of Japanese Karate-Do Dojo in Symmes Twp., Ohio, on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Del Moral, a student of fallen police officer and sensei Sonny Kim for 10 years, and Jones a student of Kim’s for 15 years, honored their mentor by attending his scheduled workout Saturday morning.
Students and supporters give a final bow to their sensei, slain Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim, and his family during the funeral precession outside Japanese Karate Do in Loveland, Ohio, on Friday, June 26, 2015.