In the 1980s, there was a man famously known to be a racist and anti-semite serial killer named Joseph Paul Franklin. He stalked, shot and killed black men and people of a mixed-race in a murder spree spanning from the late 70s to the early 80s.

Franklin was executed by lethal injection on Nov. 20, 2013, although this was no assurance that his senseless targets and killings were a closed book. It appears there is a new serial killer on the loose with a new spate of killings happening in Cincinnati.

Two African-American teens were shot by a high-powered rifle, calling to mind the modus operandi of Franklin in the past. The victims were identified as Darrell Lane and Dante Evans, cousins aged 14 and 13 respectively.

Both were shot from the Bond Hill railroad trestle on June 8. Both had just left their grandmother’s house to buy candy. When they got out, shots were fired and Darrell’s sister raced to check on the two boys. There were responders already, one of which was Darrell’s father who was a paramedic.

Darrel died on the spot while Dante was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. As her mother, Abbie Evans, was attending the funeral arrangements of Darrell, he got a call from the hospital to come right away with her middle child’s condition not looking good.

“It’s devastating. It’s a void. You never get over it,” Evans said when Franklin was executed in 2013 in a report from USA Today.

But looking beyond the senseless death of Darrell and Dante was part of a series of killings. Before that, there was the killing of a 19-year-old African-American at an Indianapolis shopping mall. Aside from that, there was also a mixed-race couple executed in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

It has yet to be established if these killings are linked. But based on the manner of how they were executed, a serial killer on the loose moving from one state to another – armed and dangerous.

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