Suspect still on the loose after Sunday shooting

Published: Nov. 24, 2019 at 5:12 AM EST
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For Tavion Belcher's loved ones, coming to terms with his sudden death has been anything but easy.

"I want him back, and I can't get him back," Belcher's sister Shavone Belcher said. "So nobody can change the way I feel."

Toledo police were called to the Westland Gardens Apartments just before midnight on Sunday for a person shot. When officers arrived they found Belcher suffering from at least one gunshot wound. First responders rushed the 21-year-old to a nearby hospital where he later died.

"Behind all this I can honestly say I'm not going to overcome this," Belcher's sister said. "I'm not going to heal from this."

Belcher's family says they're unsure why he was at the apartments, and they have no idea why he was shot. His older sister says he recently turned his life around and was working full-time. She says he also recently earned his GED.

"He wasn't no gang-related kid, he wasn't a troubled kid — none of that," said Belcher's sister. "He had his days when he was younger, but as an adult he wasn't no troubled kid."

As for Belcher's girlfriend of nearly six months, she says Tavion was a caring man who took in her two sons as his own.

"I love him very much, and I wish it really didn't have to be this way," said Belcher's girlfriend Torie Dunbar. "It's going to be very hard for me and the boys."

Now with Belcher's killer still on the run his loved ones hope someone with information will come forward so they can get some peace of mind.

"He didn't deserve it, though," Belcher's sister said of his death. "He definitely didn't deserve it."

Belcher's murder marks the 31st of the year in Toledo. If you know anything and can help police you're asked to call the Crime Stopper tip line at (419) 255-1111.