Family of 5-month-old on dropped murder charges: ‘It’s back to square one’

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland family is once again searching for justice after prosecutors dropped charges against a man accused in the shooting death of a 5-month-old girl.

A spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office says the case remains an open investigation, but would not say why charges against the suspect were dropped.

Charles Wakefield cherishes the memories he has of his daughter Aavielle. October 1, 2015, the baby girl was shot and killed while riding in the backseat of a car on Spear Avenue near East 145th Street in Cleveland.

"I only got five months to know of her, but she was just a ball of joy," said Wakefield.

Friday, prosecutors dropped murder charges against 19-year old Davon Holmes in connection with Aavielle's death.

"I was happy for him if he didn't have nothing to do with it, and like you say, it's back to square one, we got to find out who did it," said Wakefield.

"All of a sudden, we heard some more pops and then we heard the boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom," recalls the Aavielle’s grandmother, Beatrice Wakefield.

She was inside the car when the shooting happened. The baby's mother and sister were inside as well.

"Well, if he's not the right one then I don't think he should be in there," said the grandmother.

Beatrice Wakefield says her family is still grieving and frustrated that the case is not solved.

"You think you got it, and it's gonna be over with, but it's still not over with.  It probably won't be over with for a while, but we just have to keep on, keep trusting in God that eventually somebody will; they will get the right one," she said.

In April, prosecutors dropped charges against a 30-year-old man charged in the case. Aavielle's father says prosecutors told him they are still trying to track down the people responsible.

"There are possibly two other suspects, like I said, they just got to get the evidence to go back and, you know, try to get them," said Wakefield.

A 63-year-old man still faces charges of tampering with evidence, and is accused of picking up shell casings from the scene.

Continuing coverage of Aavielle Wakefield's murder here