‘He would provide you with his final’: Columbus father of 5 shot and killed whereas making an attempt to interrupt up a struggle


Earl Simmons, 54, died Friday after a shooting on Schenley Drive around 8:30 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Columbus family mourns their loved one who was shot dead.

Earl Simmons, 54, died Friday After a shooting on Schenley Drive around 8:30 p.m., police witnesses said Simmons was trying to end a fight when multiple shots were fired and he was hit.

“He would give you his last – he was just that kind of person. If you need him, he would be there for you,” said Simmons cousin Ted Crome.

Simmon’s family told 10TV that they buried his sister earlier that day, which was also his 54th birthday.

“I buried one child and then an hour or two later I have to bury another. I’m hurt. Nobody but the Lord knows what our family has been through. I’m hurt. I don’t know what to do.” If the Lord weren’t in my life, I don’t know what I would do, “said Simmon’s mother, Betty Williams.

The police have not named any suspects or released any updates on the case. The family said the wait was tough.

“It’s hard for us not to know who, what, why they did this? We just want them to arrest them and pick them up. They have no right to kill anyone,” said Simmons’ sister Jackiee Simmons Burley.

Simmons leaves five children and countless friends and family members. The family said Smoot Funeral Services will be settlement agreements.

For information about the shootings, call the Columbus Police Department at (614) 645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-8477.