Reward increased for information on the 2017 murder of Destiny Nelson

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The monetary reward for information in the 2017 murder of Destiny Nelson has been increased to $10,000. Nelons, who was 17 at the time of her death, is believed to have been killed in retaliation in a “case of mistaken identity,” according to Columbus Police Department’s Maj. Gil Slouchick.

As originally reported, the murder took place at the Bull Creek Apartments and was the second murder in Columbus of 2017. Nelson was shot multiple times and died overnight.

The case, which remains unsolved, previously had its reward increased to $5,000 back in January of this year. No arrests have still been made of those responsible for the death and CPD is still investigating the crime.

An “exceptional student” who was “attneding both high school and college classes at hte time of her death,” Nelson’s murder is believed to be the result of “a botched gang retaliation” for the January 2017 shooting death of Dominique Horton.

CPD is asking that anyone with information about this murder report it to Cpl. Matt Sitler. They can call 706-225-4367 or email him at

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