Columbus police and the coroner’s office initially referred to the victim as Ronisha Anderson. Later, she was referred to as Ronisha McCaskey by the coroner’s office. Police said on Wednesday morning the victim will continue to be called Ronisha Anderson based on how her name appears on official documents.
UPDATE:3/8/23 5:30 a.m. Columbus police are continuing to investigate a double homicide on Clay Street that happened Tuesday morning.
Ronisha McCaskey, 51, and Juantonja “Tonja” Richmond, 52, were pronounced dead at 12:15 p.m. on March 7, according to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan. They both died of multiple gunshot wounds.
There bodies were discovered in the front yard of a home at the end of Clay Street with McCaskey lived.
Police are not releasing much information about the shooting deaths.
Dr. Xavier McCaskey, the ex-husband of Ronisha, talked to WRBL late Tuesday afternoon as investigators were completing their work on the scene.
“This gun violence has got to stop,” he said. “Innocent people are getting murdered, losing people’s loved ones. I will never see her again. I will never see that pretty smile she had. I will never get to talk to her.”
Xavier called the person who did this a “coward.”
“A coward murdered two innocent women and you have taken 15 kids mothers from them,” he said. “A senseless act. Two women who didn’t bother anybody. Didn’t mess with anybody. Worked from home. Ronisha owned a third of my company. Just took a beautiful soul away from the world.”
Here is what one neighbor, Tennilly Miller, had to say.
“I heard around seven gunshots,” Miller said. “It was like boom, boom … boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.”
Miller lost her son Tamareious Miller to a Christmas Eve shooting in the Bunker Hill neighborhood.
“I am tired of all of the violence,” she said. “It just saddens me. … every time I hear a gunshot it’s like it hurts my heart. It reminds me of him over and over again.”
UPDATE 3/7/23 4:30 p.m.: The Muscogee County Coroner’s Office released the names of the women who died in a shooting on Clay St.
According to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan, 51-year-old Ronisha McCaskey and 52-year-old Juantonja “Tonja” Richmond were pronounced dead at 12:15 p.m. on March 7.
Their bodies will undergo an autopsy. The families have been notified.
UPDATE 3/7/23 12:12 p.m.: The deceased are two women, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said. They died of multiple gunshots, Bryan said.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — Columbus police are investigating after two bodies have been found on Clay St. in Columbus.
WRBL has a crew on the way to the scene and will provide more information as details become available.