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FIGHTING BACK FLASHBACK: Athlete Killed in Hilltop

Updated: Monday, October 21 2013, 07:40 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Steve Levine) -- Nearly three years after a Marietta College Football player was shot to death in front of his Hilltop-area home, his family still prays his killer will be caught.

Nathan Francis, 20, was murdered over the Thanksgiving weekend in 2010 as he was getting into his car, shortly after watching the Ohio State vs. Michigan game.

“I miss him so much, he still comes to me in [my] dreams,” said Nathan’s mother, Darlene. “He loved sports, that was his thing.”

Nathan was seated in his car in front of his home talking with two men when an unidentified suspect approached the vehicle and opened fire.

Nathan died a few minutes later in the arms of his father, Chuck.

“This has changed my family entirely," Chuck Francis said. "I think about it everyday."

Nathan's friend was also wounded by the shooter, but survived his injuries.

Police say the suspect fled the area in a white or silver late-model car, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria, with tinted windows. 

“We’ve been working hard on this one for several years, [it is] very frustrating,” Columbus Police Sgt. Eric Pilya said. “We know there are people who have information; they are refusing to cooperate.”

“They might not think it’s important, but it might very well could be their family next,” Darlene said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS. Callers who provide helpful tips may receive cash rewards.FIGHTING BACK FLASHBACK: Athlete Killed in Hilltop


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