Community gathers to remember 14-year-old killed in east Columbus shooting


The mourning for a 14-year-old boy started with a small memorial of flowers, balloons and teddy bears along a chain link fence outside Shady Lane Elementary.

It was in the area in east Columbus on Wednesday just before 7 p.m. when police say a 13-year-old juvenile carrying a loaded gun got into an argument with Jaykwon Sharp and shot him.

Witnesses say they heard as many as five gunshots. Police say Sharp was hit multiple times.

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Those who knew Sharp were stunned by his loss.

"As a coach, I never even fathomed that I would lose a child that I coached. I'm still in shock," said coach Edward Carter of ICE Football League.

ICE, or Inspire Children to Excellence, is where coaches say Sharp shined.

"Jaykwon was a great leader and he would run through a brick wall for me. He had a lot of heart," said coach Herman Johnson.

Police say they've identified a person of interest in the case, but have not made an arrest.

Sharp, who was known in the neighborhood as "Bobbie" attended Sherwood Middle School.

Another 14-year-old girl was also shot. She is recovering from a bullet wound in the leg.

Counselors were on hand Thursday at Sherwood Middle School and Columbus police added additional patrols to the neighborhood.

Columbus Police officers also stopped at the memorial for Sharp, placing a TAPS medal on the fence where other items were gathered to remember him.

Columbus police say Sharp was recently in the TAPS program where students team up with officers to learn about law enforcement.

This is the 43rd homicide in Columbus this year.

To honor his life, members of the ICE football team are urging people to come to their practice this Saturday from 12 to 2 at Helsel Park on Hamilton Road and will be accepting donations for the family.

Interim Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan spoke in a joint press conference Thursday with Columbus Health Commissioner Mysheika Roberts and Pastor Frederick LaMarr of the Family Missionary Baptist Church, all calling for an end to gun violence.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that are suffering through this tragedy," Quinlan said. "We have kids killing each other."