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These Horrific Homicides Of Multiple Black Women Remained Unsolved In Columbus, Ohio: Part 2

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Adrian Scott, Shantia Corbin-Peterson, Ashley Ferguson, Candice Taylor, Bobbie Bonner, Christie Howard, Jewel Rodgers, and Linda CowansPhoto byThe Ohio Attorney General's Office

The following unsolved homicides of these black women in Columbus, Ohio remain listed as unsolved on the Ohio Attorney General's website:

Bobbie Bonner - Case #3335

On July 19, 2016, at 2:43 am, 911 Columbus Police officers and medics responded to the area of Livingston Avenue and Interstate 70. There, authorities found 46-year-old Bobbie Bonner deceased. A motor vehicle struck Bobbie and kept going. Investigators never located the driver or vehicle that hit and killed Bobbie Bonner.

Jewel Ann Rodgers - Case #3152

On December 3, 2016, Columbus police officers were dispatched to 1740 East Fulton Street, near Fairwood Avenue, around 6:26 pm. There, they found 29-year-old Jewel Ann Rogers suffering from a gunshot wound. She was pronounced deceased at 6:56 pm.

Candice Taylor- Case #3009

On March 28, 2017, Columbus Police officers were called to a trash collection facility in the 1300 block of South Columbus Airport Road. Two human legs were located in the trash along with a size 10 fur boot. The legs were later determined to belong to 21-year-old Candice Taylor. The rest of her remains have never been found.

Adrian L Scott - Case #3141

On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017, 34-year-old Adrian L Scott was cooking a Holiday dinner at a home on Hiddenspring Drive when a bullet from a drive-by shooting came through a window, striking Adrian and killing her.

Surveillance video shows the shooter hanging out of the window of a two-door Lexis coupe, firing shots.

There have been no arrests made in her senseless homicide.

Shantia Monet Corbin-Peterson - Case #3481

Shantia Corbin-Peterson was the mother of five children whom she adored. Shantia was the owner of Customz Cartel, a clothing and shoe line she designed. Known as “Shan Bandz”, Shantia was well-liked and a popular figure in the Columbus, Ohio community.

On September 22, 2018, 30-year-old Shantia was sitting in a chair in the parking lot outside the Sunrise Bar in the 900 block of Hudson Avenue in Columbus, Ohio when gunfire erupted. A bullet struck the talented mother in the neck and medics rushed her to Grant Hospital in critical condition. Because of her injuries, Shantia was hospitalized at Mount Carmel Saint Ann’s Hospital. On June 15, 2020, Shantia passed away due to the injuries sustained in the shooting. On June 18, 2020, the Franklin County Coroner’s Office ruled her death as a homicide. They have not found her killer.

Christie Debra Holbrook - Case# 3478

On Thanksgiving evening, November 22, 2018, Columbus Police Department officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Vendome Drive South in the Brentnell area of Columbus, Ohio at 10:55 pm.

There, they found 41-year-old Christie Debra Howard unresponsive and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on the kitchen floor of her home. She had been cleaning up after a Holiday gathering with her family. Witnesses told investigators that unknown suspects forced entry into the rear of the home and fired multiple shots at Christie. Her two children were upstairs playing video games when they heard gunshots. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene. They have not found her killers.

“I can’t even describe how I feel at this loss. It is so traumatic to me because I talked to her on the phone every day. She didn’t meet any enemies. She didn’t do wrong to people. Now she’s gone. I just hope the people that did this know you broke up a family and destroyed innocent lives,” an unidentified friend told ABC 6. “How could you? We hate you. We wish the worst for you and hope you get caught.”

Linda Cowans - Case #3518

On September 10, 2019, Columbus Police officers were dispatched to a shooting at 1275 East 17th Avenue in the Linden area of Columbus, Ohio at 9:50 pm. They discovered 61-year-old Linda Cowans suffering from a gunshot wound and medics rushed her to Grant Medical Center where she died.

Described as a “fantastic mother” by family and friends to ABC 6, they want justice.

“Because I don’t want my sister friend to be a statistic,” her close friend of fifty years, Charlotte Peoples, told ABC 6. “They lost somebody that they loved and she was a viable piece of this community.”

Ashley Nicole Ferguson - Case #3521

On October 15, 2019, Columbus Police received a call about a deceased person at 1131 Fassett Avenue in the Milo-Grogan area of Columbus, Ohio, around 1:10 pm. When they arrived, they found 31-year-old Ashley Ferguson dead in her apartment. She was transported to the Franklin County Morgue and on October 16, 2019, the Franklin County Coroner ruled her death as a homicide.

If you have any information on any of these unsolved homicides, please contact the Columbus Police Department homicide unit at 614- 645-4995 or Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477 or

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