For example, the last homicide of 2020 occurred in Hamilton, but the victim died at a Montgomery County Hospital. So the fatal shooting of Daiquon Peterson on Dec. 27 in the 2300 block of Dixie Highway is not listed as a 2020 Butler County homicide by the coroner’s office.
But Peterson’s homicide is one of six that occurred in Hamilton in 2020. Two remain unsolved, including Peterson’s.
A double fatal shooting in a Middletown neighborhood on April 2 is actually a triple homicide, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. The woman found shot to death was pregnant at the time of her death.
Dashauna Brown, 29, and Aaron Paige, 31, both of Cleveland, were found shot dead in a car in the 1700 block of Euclid Street. Brown was pregnant. The coroner’s office lists the third homicide victim as “Baby Brown.”
A resident called 911 about 6:20 a.m. reporting a “four-door sedan” was wedged between two parked cars in the 100 block of Euclid Street.
“We woke up this morning and there is another car facing the opposite direction on the wrong side of the road between (a neighbor’s) two cars with the headlights on. It has been there for about an hour and I am not sure if they hit a car or not … but it is really bizarre,” the caller told dispatchers.
Police arrived at the scene about 7:15 a.m. That’s when they found Brown an Paige who had suffered gunshot wounds.
Middletown Police Chief David Birk said the detectives continue to investigate the case and has travelled to the Cleveland are to follow up on leads. The FBI is also involved. But there is no update nine months later about suspects or an arrest.
The Butler County Coroner’s Office recorded nine homicides in 2019, 14 homicides in 2018, 11 homicides in 2017, 16 homicides in 2016 and eight homicides in 2015, according to records.
Butler County Coroner’s Office 2020 homicides
Feb. 4 - Amy Risner
March 6 - Tyler Jones
March 13 - Domingo Francisco
March 27 - Jesse Buabeng
April 2 - Dashauna Brown
April 2 - Aaron Paige
April 2 - Baby Brown (Dashauna Brown was pregnant at the time of her death)
June 2 - Darrian Shamel
June 8 - Azariah Heard (Transported to Mercy Fairfield from Hamilton County)
June 9 - Riah Milton
June 10 - Antaun Hill
June 27 - James Williams
Aug. 14 - Jamaka Calhoun
Sept. 21 - Steve Strain
Oct. 11 - Brandon Moneyham
Nov. 7 - Phillip Gordon
Dec. 17 - Bennie Boggs
Dec. 19 - Benjamin Burrell