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Father of Homicide Victim Searches For Answers

Updated: Monday, April 22 2013, 05:15 AM EDT

COLUMBUS — Four years after his son was killed, a father still doesn’t have closure. He and his church members have been praying for answers.
On April 21st, 2009, Antonio Curtis was shot on Bryden road. That night, he and two friends were walking home from JP’s Barbecue.

“They said they didn't know who did it,” Lewis Haynes said, Curtis’ father.

Haynes knew Curtis wasn’t hanging out with the right crowd, and remembers telling his son to not sell drugs. Haynes still wants to know who was behind the trigger.

New Faith Baptist Church of Christ Pastor Jefferey Kee spoke at a vigil for Curtis four years ago.

"We have so many of our young kids, African American males in particular, who have been victims of homicide and too often the cases go cold,” Pastor Kee said.

Curtis wasn’t the only child Haynes lost. In 1996, his daughter Bonita Haynes was a case worker at the Lima Correctional Institution. While on the job, she was killed by two inmates.

Curtis lost his life when he was 29. He was a father of two.

"They always ask about the dad. They always say that. The five year old always says he talks to his dad all the time,” Haynes said.

Haynes hopes someday he and his grandchildren will have an answer.

Investigators say they have leads, but no arrests have been made. If you have any information about this crime, you’re asked to call Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-645-TIPS (8477)


Reporter: Jen French

Father of Homicide Victim Searches For Answers

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