Vigil held for man gunned down in park

Officers investigate after at least one person was shot at a Dayton park. (WDTN/Adam Schrand)

DAYTON (WDTN) – Family and friends of a man gunned down on a basketball court this week, gathered on Saturday to celebrate his life and beg his shooter to turn themself in.

Police said Aaron Smith was playing a basketball game at College Hill Park on Tuesday when a fight started. During the argument, someone pulled a gun and fired the deadly shot.

Smith, a father of three, died on the court.

Saturday night, dozens of loved ones returned to the park to honor Smith’s life.

“He was just an outstanding father, a caring person,” said Mary Smith, Aaron’s mother.

Mary Smith said her son’s death was senseless and the gun violence in the community need to stop.

“We used to throw up our dukes, fight it out and let that be,” she said. “We would come back the next day and still shake hands. That’s how we need to be, but we just need to stop the violence.”

Anyone with information about the shooting should 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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