Columbus Ohio police seek answers in murder of 11-year-old child

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Central Ohio Crime Stoppers are asking for help in solving a cold case involving a murder that took place in 2012.

On March 20, 2012, at 11:17 p.m., Columbus police were called to Children’s National Hospital to reports of a gunshot victim. Officers arrived at the hospital, where witnesses told them the shooting took place outside a house in the 800 block of Forest Street in the Southern Orchards neighborhood southeast of the city center.

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Carlos Hardiman Jr., 19 at the time, was transported to Grant Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:43 a.m. on March 21.

Hardiman’s mother, Anita Akins, was among several people who were part of a support group on Mother’s Day in 2021. The group, Mothers of Murdered Columbus Children, which has more than 2,400 members on his Facebook page, spoke out for change in the face of the violence happening in Columbus.

Columbus police are investigating the murder of Carolos Hardiman Jr., who died 11 years ago. (Courtesy of Central Ohio Crime Stoppers)

Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrime.org to email your tip.


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