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Report: 13-year-old shot in Hilltop died from gunshot wound to chest

The autopsy report states Reed also suffered a gunshot wound to his right hand, in addition to the right side of his chest.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — An autopsy report revealed a 13-year-old boy who was killed in the Hilltop neighborhood last year was shot twice and died from a gunshot wound to his chest.

On Oct. 12, officers with the Columbus Division of Police were called to the 800 block of Wedgewood Drive for a reported shooting.

Officers found Sinzae Reed shot in the street and taken to a hospital where the teen died from his injuries an hour later.

The autopsy report from the Franklin County Coroner's Office states Reed also suffered a gunshot wound to his right hand, in addition to the right side of his chest which damaged his heart and lungs.

The trajectory of the bullets that hit Reed went from front to back, according to the report, indicating he was not shot in the back.

The report also showed Reed tested positive for THC, the main ingredient in marijuana.

Officers arrested 36-year-old Krieg Butler and he was charged with murder for Reed's death.

Days later, charges were dropped against Butler and prosecutors have not re-filed charges.

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According to a statement from Columbus police earlier this month, Butler made an allegation during the homicide review that he acted in self-defense.

Once the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office learned of the allegation, the charges against Butler were dropped, pending the completion of the investigation.

Police say that they are awaiting "key forensic and ballistic evidence."

The prosecutor on the case said the case is "still under review and pending further consideration."

Reed's mother told 10TV earlier this month her son was someone who loved to laugh and always had a smile on his face. She said he also just started middle school and loved playing football.

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