FBI offering $25,000 reward in shooting death of teen at Bicentennial Park

Columbus

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The FBI and the Columbus Division of Police will be working together to investigate the shooting death of a teen killed at Bicentennial Park in May.  

According to police, on May 22, Olivia Kurtz, 16, was shot during a private event that was promoted on social media at the amphitheater along the Scioto Mile. The shooting also left multiple other teens injured.

Police said the event did not have a permit from the city and that the park was closed at the time of the shooting.

During a news conference, Wednesday, the FBI announced they are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in this case.

“We’re asking that the community come forward, not because just of the reward, but because it’s the right thing to do to help serve justice for Olivia and help ensure some sort of closure for her grieving family,” said Will Rivers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Cincinnati Field Office Division.

According to Deputy Chief Tim Becker, there may be a connection between the shooting at Bicentennial Park and at least one other shooting in the city. Becker said solving Kurtz’s homicide could help to solve other cases, as well.

“There were hundreds of people at Bicentennial Park on the night of May 22 when Olivia was tragically shot and killed,” said Columbus Chief of Police Elaine Bryant. “Hundreds. Somebody in that crowd, they saw something and has the information necessary to hold the persons accountable for this crime.”

Those with information can contact the FBI at 800-CALL-FBI or at fbi.gov/columbus.

Police continue to investigate and ask anyone with information to call the CPD Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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