Nearly life-size poster placed at Middletown homicide site

On Memorial Day, the family of Benny Barefield placed a nearly life-size poster of the homicide victim at the Middletown corner near where he was fatally shot in December.

Four suspects were charged shortly after Barefield was shot in his car near the intersection of Ninth Avenue and Yankee Road. But in March, after a Butler County grand jury declined to indict three of them, charges were dismissed against all suspects.

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The large family — he was the father of 10 children — hope the new poster that has been added to flowers and candles at the site will remind people that justice has not yet been served.

Barefield, dress in a football jersey, is smiling in the photo. The words “YOU SEE IT” is on the front of the shirt.

Dia Arnold, Barfield’s sister, said the poster was made by a friend from a photo of Barefield on his way to a football game.

“He was a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan,” she said.

Arnold said she is hopeful the poster draws attention to her brother’s homicide.

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“We need the community to come forward because his killers are still free,” she said.

In addition to murder and complicity to murder charges, the suspects also faced gang charges in connection to the Barefield homicide. In recent weeks, a federal investigation has resulted in the indictments of several people as part of a “drug ring” who Middletown police say have ties three unsolved homicides, including Barefield’s.

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