Dayton Daily News

    Man's Slaying Leaves Dad, Baffled, Angry!

    By Lisa Scott

    Staff Writer

    KETTERING — William Dice sat in the living room of his Kettering apartment last week and rifled through photos of his
    son, Benjamen Hugo Dice.

    The photos cover his coffee table.

    The ashes of his son also rest on the table, reminding Dice of his heartbreaking loss.

    Dice held back tears as he remembered hearing of his son's death.

    "I saw my son on Father's Day.

    He gave me a hug and told me he loved me.

    I get a call at 2 a.m. (on June 20) from the coroner telling me my son was dead.

    I thought, 'This has got to be a prank call, it just has to be.' "

    It wasn't.

    His 30-year-old son was shot to death June 19 at 6:51 p.m. at 229 Victor Ave.

    On Friday, Dayton police arrested Darnell T. Valentine, 21, at his West Carrollton home, said Lt. John Huber.

    Valentine was charged Thursday with murder, according to Dayton Municipal Court records.

    Police, who found drug paraphernalia at the scene, believe the shooting is drug related.

    That baffles William Dice.

    "He was a family man who got up and went to work every morning.

    He's just not the type to get murdered like that," Dice said of his son.

    According to his father, Dice went to the home with his girlfriend of four months and another male friend after completing
    a job on Dorothy Lane at about 6:15 p.m.

    Officers were called to the address by someone in a neighboring residence who reported seeing a man stagger out of an
    empty, four-unit apartment building and collapse.

    Dice, who police said was shot in the back, was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital at 7:58 P.M.

    Dayton police Sgt. Gary White said drug paraphernalia was found at the location.

    Benjamen was born and raised in Bellbrook and was a basketball player at Bellbrook High School.

    He was featured in the Dayton Daily News as an Athlete of the Week in 1994.

    Dice had recently moved to Miamisburg after living for about four years in Fort Collins, Colo., where he operated a
    business remodeling large homes.

    "My son never told me he was a drug addict ... (but) it sounds to me like he went over there to buy drugs.

    Whether they were for him or someone else, I don't know.

    I'm just as confused as everybody else."

    Benjamen is also survived by his mother, Cathy Jo Dice-Getter, and his brother, William David Dice Jr.

    His father says the whole family is devastated by the slaying.

    In an e-mail he wrote:

    "Right now I have a lot of anger for my son as what he chose to do hurt a lot of innocent people who dearly loved him.

    I cannot begin to express the pain and grief I am feeling.

    "This drug thing hurts a lot of people!”.
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