Family wants answers in shooting over basketball game

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Police continue to look for the person who shot a man Tuesday night over a basketball game.

Aaron Smith (Contributed Photo)

It happened just after 6:30 in the 1600 block of Shaftesbury Road.

Police said Aaron S. Smith, 28, of Dayton was shot to death on the basketball court at College Hill Park.

“I just can’t explain the loss I’m feeling for my son,” says Smith’s mother Mary. “To see my grandkids grow up without their father.”

Police say there was a dispute after the game. It was a game where officers say money changed hands.

Police estimate 75 to 100 people were in the park at the time of the shooting.

We wanted to know if police believe those witnesses will be able to lead them to the shooter.

“There were several witnesses,” says Lt. Wendy Stiver. “It’s very early in the investigation. There may be witnesses there who didn’t get to talk to the police. We would appreciate hearing from them.”

We asked police what the chances are of solving this case. They say they’ll even enlist other departments if need be.

“In recent past we’ve been successful in identifying violent crime suspects and we won’t stop until we locate this one,” Stiver says.

The family is pleading for any witnesses to come forward.

“I know it’s a day I’m not going to forget and whoever out there that knows something, please,” says Smith’s mother.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 222-7867. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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