Police don’t forget Springboro family spending first Christmas without loved one

The holidays without a loved one are always hard.

This year, The Ciboch family is celebrating Christmas for the  first time without Kane Ciboch, who was killed in a shooting in October.

While officers are still looking for the person who shot and killed 20-year-old Kane Ciboch, the Springboro Police Department did not forget about the Ciboch family this Christmas. They visited them in cruisers filled with presents.

“It does feel incomplete, this Christmas does. It doesn’t feel the same,” Jennifer Ciboch said. “One person that’s missing every year that should be there.”

This is Ken and Jennifer Ciboch’s first Christmas without their son, Kane, who died Oct. 4, three days after he was shot in Dayton. His ashes and a memorial candle now sit on a living room table.

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“We lit Kane’s candle and the girls took a picture of the candle in front of the tree,” Jennifer Ciboch said.

The Springboro Police Department tried to help bring some joy and peace to the Cibochs this year. With the help of Santa, they delivered bags full of presents for them to open on Christmas Day.

“It was amazing for people who don’t even know us but to help us with a hardship is pretty nice,” Jennifer Ciboch said.

And, they weren’t the only ones.

Through Operation Santa, Springboro police officers handed out presents and food to 13 families with 28 children this year.

“It did help a lot, financially and emotionally. We are very grateful, very grateful for them,” Jennifer Ciboch said.

Clothes, toys, and blankets with Kane’s pictures now fill the Ciboch home.

“I actually sprayed them with Kane’s cologne so I can smell him,” his mother said.

But there’s one gift this Christmas the family is still hoping for: “Justice for Kane. We pray every day for justice and do everything we can to reach out and spread the word so hopefully somebody will do the right thing,” Jennifer Ciboch said.

Anyone with information that could help police investigate Kane Ciboch’s death is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP(7867).

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