Columbus police are waiting for autopsy results before releasing the names of the victims and the suspect in Monday’s stabbings and police-involved shooting.
The incident at the Summit Park apartments on Walford Street left one male and two females dead from stab wounds and the suspect shot by police. A third female remains in critical condition.
Sgt. Gregg Seevers, a 21 year veteran of the police force was identified as the officer who shot the suspect. Seever was placed on a three day, administrative leave.
Two local refugee agencies are organizing a fundraising effort. Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) and Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services have established a fund to support the children of the victims.
Shortly after the incident took place, word of the incident began to filter back to the offices of CRIS. Executive Director Angie Plummer says her agency had resettled the family unit living in the Walford St. apartment from the African country of Eritrea. Sources say the family consisted of a 51-year-old woman and her four grandchildren.
More recently another woman with three young children had also moved into the apartment.
“She was trying to flee her husband,” Plummer said. “Our case manager was with the head of household Friday to take her to a job interview and she expressed concern about the (husband of )the woman in her house.
Police believe the estranged husband stabbed and killed the oldest grandson inside an apartment on Fitzroy Monday morning and then went to the apartment on Wolford where he stabbed and killed his wife.
The grandmother and her teenage granddaughter were also stabbed. Sources tell NBC4 the teenager died and the grandmother remains in critical condition.
“To think of the fact that they came here and had hope for a new life and this has happened to them – it’s beyond comprehension,” Plummer said.