Balloon launch at Dayton school remembers 6-year-old homicide victim

Richard Allen Preparatory School, where 6-year-old Carter Clemons was a student, will hold a balloon launch at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the boy’s honor, school officials said. 

The event will be held in the school’s parking lot, and some of his relatives are expected to be in attendance. 

The school’s principal and others are expected to say a few words before the launch, officials said, adding that the program will last about 20 minutes. 

EARLIER REPORT

The surviving woman shot during a murder-suicide in Miami Twp. continues to improve at Kettering Medical Center.

Di’eshia Patterson, who police believe was critically wounded by her boyfriend in the apartment they shared, is now in fair condition, according to Kettering Health Network spokeswoman Elizabeth Long.

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Police have said they believe Patterson, 27, and her 6-year-old son Carter Clemons were shot by Jovonie L. McClendon Jr., shortly before he killed himself in a video witnesses said they saw on Facebook Live.

The shootings occurred on Sagebrook Drive, off Spring Valley Road between the Dayton Mall and Austin Landing, earlier this month.

McClendon, a 33-year-old U.S. Army veteran who worked for the U.S. Postal Service, called Miami Twp. police about 11:30 a.m. that day and told them he had just killed his girlfriend and her son, Miami Twp. Police Chief Ron Hess has said.

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Police responded to the scene as the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center received a series of calls with the last four callers telling authorities they were watching McClendon’s suicide on Facebook.

Police said after responding to the Sagebrook scene they did not hear any gunshots. Minutes later, they entered the apartment and found McClendon and the boy dead and Patterson wounded, Hess said.

Both deaths were from gunshot wounds to the head with McClendon’s being self-inflicted, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Family and friends will gather Tuesday morning for the funeral for Clemons.

Visitation is to begin at 10 a.m., with an 11 a.m. service at Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 4200 Germantown Pike.

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