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Memorial for Murdered Young Prostitute
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- 24-year-old Jessica Revelee was a promising straight-A student at Colerain High School.
She died hooking for heroin in Over-The-Rhine. A program already in place in Avondale and Bond Hill is going to spread city wide. It's about connecting with girls on the street, and getting them the help they need.
A Pastor and his wife have been doing this same thing for years. They have saved lives. Jessica Revelee was one prostitute they couldn't reach, but tried.
Pastor Jim Turner and wife Letha know most of the prostitutes in Cincinnati.
"If these girls have pimps it is their boyfriend, it is their husband. The only other pimp is heroin, that is the pimp for these girls."
Pastor Turner says most of the girls, like Revelee, were raised in good homes.
"Most have family, they got addicted to prescription drugs. Then from prescription drugs it goes to heroin."
Prostitution is about paying for it.
"That's the life we live. We get in a car and don't know what's going to happen to us."
Angela Miller has two children being raised by relatives. She calls her life hopeless but she is on her third day without heroin.
"I'm trying to quit. I'm scared what happened to Jessica and it really woke me up. It could have been me."
Jessica's sister says she talked about getting off the streets, "Telling me she wanted to get off the streets she just wasn't sure how. And you really do have to get away from people, places, things or you're never gonna get away from it."
Pastor Turner said he tried to get her off the streets, but she just wasn't ready. Now her murder could help save other young women.
Wednesday night is a memorial service for Jessica. In the back of the church there will be agencies to help with homelessness and addiction.
Pastor Turner's wife, Letha will be there too.
"I show them that I care and love them and I give them hope that they're looking for because they've lost all hope."
That new police program to reach out and help prostitutes includes working with the jail. If prostitutes are brought in on charges, agencies will be contacted to meet with them.
Homicide investigators say they have no suspects in Revelee's murder.