Mother: ‘those involved will have to look at me’

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – The mother of Ronnie Bowers, the teen who died after being shot Sunday, spoke with the media in front of her home Thursday morning.

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Jessica Combs first thanked the police, Kettering Medical Center, emergency responders and the community for all their work and support.

Combs called her son a hero and also said she has been working on donating his organs. She had a different tone when she spoke about those involved. Sobbing, Combs said, “One day soon, all those involved will have to look at me in my eyes. They will have to hear what I have to say to them, and those involved will have to look at me.”

The deadly shooting happened near AlterFest on Sunday.

The shooting left Bowers dead after he was struck in the back of the head while driving away from the festival — in the 800 block of Willowdale Drive.

READ MORE: Coroner: Kettering teen shot near AlterFest dies

The official report, released Wednesday, shows a bullet traveled through the back window of Bowers’ 1999 Lexus, striking Bowers in the back of the head. He was pronounced deceased by the Montgomery County Coroner Tuesday.

One baggie of marijuana was located in Bowers’ vehicle, according to the Kettering police report.

READ MORE: 1 of 4 suspects in shooting near AlterFest is released

Four suspects were later arrested in connection with the shooting.

The 18-year-old suspect, Miles Heizer, has been released, pending further investigation. Three juveniles under the age of 18 were also arrested. More charges could be pending, after Bowers’ death. 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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