Columbus police investigate homicide at Water Works park

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COLUMBUS, Georgia (WRBL) — Columbus police are investigating a Friday morning homicide in a park just off Veterans Parkway.

The victim was identified by the Muscogee County Coroner’s Office as 46-year-old Kendrick Young. The park is owned Columbus Water Works and is frequented by homeless people. Young was known to be homeless.

Young was on the telephone 7 a.m. to 9-1-1 at the time he was shot, Coroner Buddy Bryan tells News 3. The shooting happened about 7 a.m. And Young died of multiple gunshots.

Police Maj. J.D. Hawk tells News 3 that the investigation is continuing and there is a potential suspect.

Friends of Young tell News 3 that he was known as “Bama.” He frequented SafeHouse Ministries, a day shelter that works with the local Columbus homeless population. Young was at SafeHouse on Thursday.

Young’s body was removed from the scene just after 10 a.m.

A large section of the park between Third Avenue and 18th Street was closed. Police used crime scene tape to mark off that area.

News 3 will continue to follow the investigation.

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