Father of Five, Earl Simmons Was Killed on His Birthday after Returning from Sister's Funeral
Earl Simmons, a father of five, ended up fatally shot on his birthday while returning from his sister's funeral. Witnesses confirmed he sustained the gunshots while trying to break up a fight.
An Ohio resident on Friday died from injuries sustained in a shootout after encountering a violent altercation on his way back from his sister's funeral.
The police in Columbus confirmed that one of the stray bullets hit the victim while trying to break up a fight in the Schenley Drive neighborhood.
Reportedly, Simmons returned home on the said day to welcome relatives who were to stop by later for his 54th birthday. Officers responded to the scene just after 8:24 pm and found the father-of-five in critical condition.
Emergency responders transported him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 8:53 pm. The victim's family has since been left grieving the loss of two loved ones. His sister, Jacqueline Burley, revealed:
"I just need help to find out who killed my brother. Why did they kill my brother? They didn't have no right to kill my brother. We need help on this. We need closure."
Father of five killed on his birthday and the day of his sister's funeral https://t.co/opy0YI0Pqw— FOX 28 Columbus (@fox28columbus) March 28, 2021
Simmons' cousin, Ted Crome, described the deceased as one of the best people, adding that he was fun-loving, peaceful, and was good with the kids.
Crome also disclosed that Simmons' loss was tough on the family, who was still dealing with an earlier loss. The family remains hopeful the perpetrators would be brought to book.
Reports show that Simmons' death was the 45th homicide recorded in Columbus.
What a tragic situation. Rest in peace Earl Simmons 🙏🏾https://t.co/Dqf1nXukqw— theGrio.com (@theGrio) March 30, 2021
The victim's mother, Betty Simmons-Williams urged law enforcement agents to double efforts to retrieve some firearms from the streets. According to her, too many were in circulation resulting in lots of deaths.
The police were yet to arrest any suspects in connection with the crime as of press time. They urged members of the public with useful information to contact the Columbus Police Homicide Unit.
Family asking for help and closure after Earl Simmons was shot to death in northeast #Columbus Simmons had attended his sister’s funeral and returned home.Police say he was trying to break up a fight when he was hit by a bullet. It was Simmons’ 54th birthday. #stopgunviolence pic.twitter.com/5f3hhjgPOt— Lu Ann Stoia (@stoiawsyx6) March 28, 2021
Reports show that Simmons' death was the 45th homicide recorded in Columbus since the start of the new year. This harrowing number rose to 46 on Saturday following another shooting in Columbus barely hours after Simmons' death.
Police recorded the second shooting incident at about 3:20 am on Saturday, after a 22-year-old man, DeOndre Smith, shot two teenagers when one of them punched him.
It was a violent night in the city of Columbus. There were several shootings, a stabbing. There are 46 homicides in the city do far this year. There were t that many homicides until June 4th last year.— Lacey Crisp (@LaceyCrisp) March 27, 2021
One of the victims, Cameron Kates, was pronounced dead at about 3:46 am, while the other sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Both homicides remain under investigation as police authorities continue their endeavors to curb violent crimes in the country.
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