Zyquon Moody BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Different suspect charged with murder in shooting that killed former Fairfield football standout

Zyquon Moody, 18, was indicted today by a Butler County grand jury for murder and two counts of felonious assault in connection with the June 10 incident at Liberty Park.

Zyquon Moody BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
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A man identified by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office as Romel Velasquez, 18, was arrested and initially charged with murder and two counts of felonious assault within hours of the shooting. Sheriff Richard Jones said the incident began with a previous theft and two groups meeting to fight in the park.

But the murder charge was dismissed last Friday against Velasquez by the sheriff’s office after further investigation indicated two people fired weapons at the incident.

A grand jury indicted Velasquez today on one counts of felonious assault. The indictment lists the spelling of his name as Valasquez.

Moody and Zyshaun Johnson, 19, of Cincinnati, were also shot in the incident.

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Last week, Jones said Velasquez began firing into the crowd, striking Antaun Hill and injuring two others. But further investigation revealed another gun was fired during the incident that happened about 10 p.m. Hill later died from the injuries.

“I think the prosecutor and the detectives are doing their due diligence,” said David Washington, who is representing Velasquez. “I think they are doing what is right and what they think is right and the dismissing of the murder charge against my client is the right choice.”

Romel Velasquez BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
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Hill was a recent graduate of Fairfield High School, where he played football, and he planned to play at Independence Community College in Kansas.

Dwyer said Velasquez initially confessed to being the only shooter, and detectives recovered the gun he allegedly used. But detectives began hearing that a second person may have been firing a weapon, and the investigation continued.

“So we started at square one and began interviewing all the people who were out there and through that arduous task people came forward and said, ‘Yeah this guy was shooting and had a gun too,’” Dwyer said.

A second weapon has been recovered as part of the investigation.

Dispatchers received six 911 calls about the incident, one warning a fight was about to happen. Frantic neighbors heard gunshots, a caller at the scene screamed and prayed and one caller reported a big fight was about to happen in the calls received by dispatchers.

In one, the caller is difficult to hear but says “There’s about to be a big fight, I saw it (on) social media.”

The dispatcher asks if the location is Liberty Park, and the caller says “Yep.” The caller says he does not know if anyone involved would have weapons.

Deputies were en route to the park due to the call when shots were fired, according to the sheriff’s office

A female caller said she heard about five gunshots in the park or in the apartment complex nearby. Another female caller told dispatchers a person had been shot and a car “sped away” from the park located on Yankee Road toward Cincinnati Dayton Road.

“There are still two (cars) in the parking lot in the back,” the caller told the dispatcher. “There is definitely still a fight, you can hear it. Somebody is going to get killed.”

In a three-minute call from the shooting scene, a male caller screams in anguish, “Antaun, get up please. Oh, my God.”

Through loud screaming and crying from multiple people, a person says, “A man got shot. Please God, please, God please, God please.”

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