Family Searches For Answers Following The Shooting Death Of A Columbus Great-Grandfather


Family members say a Columbus great grandfather was murdered in cold blood.

The victim was found in the 700 block of Griggs Avenue in south Columbus around 10:30 Saturday morning, west of the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.

Rex Freeman's sister found him with a gunshot wound in the head. Freeman's son Joe told 10TV that his father had no enemies and believes someone was trying to break in when they were confronted.

Freeman says the image of his father being shot in the head at close range will be hard to erase. The elder Freeman was in his Griggs Village apartment late Friday night when Columbus Police say they believe someone shot him in the head through his screen door.

Police have no suspects and no motive in the case.

"This was a random act of stupidity and violence and we want to know what happened," said Joe Freeman. He believes perpetrators tried to break in because his front door was open, but the screen door was locked. "He heard them fumbling with the screen and he knew his door was open so somebody was messing with the screen you hear it you come running and they were started with him just as much as he was startled by someone trying to get in his door I assume.”

Freeman believes his father's killer ran off, but left a key piece of evidence behind. Detectives recovered a bullet casing by the front door and are hoping that, along with any possible witness information will lead them to a suspect.

He believes his father was murdered between 11 p.m. Friday evening and 2 a.m. Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus Police Homicide Division at 614-645-4730 or Crime Stoppers at 645-TIPS.