Murder Victim’s Wife Emotional Following Suspects’ Arrest

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For days, the wife of Imran Ashgar says she lived in fear, until she learned the two teens, accused of killing her husband, were arrested.

“I was crying. I was so relieved that they found their killers, you know. Those two boys shouldn't be on the streets,” said wife Kristine Ashgar.

17-year-old Devonere Simmonds and 18-year-old Nathaniel Brunner were accused of shooting Ashgar, while he was working at a convenience store on East Livingston Avenue.

Since then, Columbus police say they received tips that the teens were hiding out in Dayton and contacted Dayton police to investigate.

Dayton police say they checked a house possibly associated to Simmonds and found a suspicious car running, with two people inside.  

Simmonds and Brunner are now under arrest.

“I'm happy to say it's over, as far as they're out menacing our community,” said Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs.

But, not everything is over, for Kristine Ashgar.

“He gave me the reason to be strong and now he's gone… now, he's not even going to be there to hold me at night, to be there, to tell me he loves me and he's gone. I just don't understand why,” said Ashgar.

She says there's a feeling of anger and hatred toward the two that she wishes was not there.

She tells us her husband is going back to his homeland of Pakistan for a proper burial.

Their home, she says, is now empty.

“I'm scared. I'm petrified. I'm afraid that they're going to come after me.  If they can do this to my husband who else can they do it to,” said Ashgar.

Police have arrested two suspects in the crime spree, but they’re looking for others who may be involved or know something about the crimes.

Call Columbus Police with any information at 614-645-4730.