Brother Of Man Found Dead In Burned Car Speaks Out


The unsolved murder of Richard Gill has left his brother and mother with so many questions.

“I just want to know who. I just want to know who did it", said Johnny Gill. “From what I talked about the detective, they pretty much…  they know they have some leads.

Gill's mother says the last time she saw her son was Thursday night around 10:30.

His brother says he left with a friend.

“He called one of his buddies and said ‘Come and get me’ and that was it,” said Richard’s brother.

The next day police told the family that 43-year-old Richard Gill was dead inside a burning car in the back of Forest Creek apartments in southwest Columbus.

“He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong person,” said his brother.

Police identified the other person in the burning car as 44-year old Jose Alivez--the man Johnny says came to get his brother.

Johnny says while his brother had a criminal record, including an arrest for drug paraphernalia last year, he says he'd left that world behind.

His brother says he is a painter, but just recently lost his job.

“His driving records was so bad that he didn't have a way of getting to work and he couldn't rely on people to get him to work,” he added.

Johnny says his brother never talked about having enemies, or being afraid the night he left the house.

He has a message for the people who took his brother's life.

“Judgment will get them, everything happens for a reason,” said Johnny.

The Franklin County Coroner said the two men died of head injuries before the car was burned.