Park-goers react to Dayton’s 8th homicide at Triangle Park

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Police are investigating a homicide after a body was found at Triangle Park.

The Montgomery County Coroner confirmed the victim as 37-year-old Demieko Hairston of Columbus.

Park-goers like Ricco Edwards remain on alert.

“When something like this happens, you got to start second guessing yourself. How safe it is?” said Edwards.

This marks the 8th homicide for the city of Dayton this year.

Park frequent, Lisa Sharp-Gomez isn’t shocked by the news. “We live in Dayton, it’s not entirely surprising,” she said.

As detectives investigate what exactly happened to Hairston, park-goers plan to be more vigilant.

“We come here during the day. We typically don’t come here at night. It’s not going to change our usage of the park at all,” said Sharp-Gomez.

“You feel a little uneasy.I don’t know if someone was walking out here and got snatched or something like that,” said Edwards.

2 NEWS called the Dayton homicide detective that is assigned to this case and have yet to hear back. As soon as we do, we’ll have it on air and online. 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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