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Family of slain barber wants answers, offers reward

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Nearly a week after a local business owner was shot and killed at his barber shop in Columbus, his family is asking for help finding the person who pulled the trigger.

The family of 30-year-old Charlie Artis is offering a reward for any information that leads to a conviction.

Charlie's Barber Shop stands empty off Gunboat Drive in Columbus.  A small sign on the window from Artis' father begs anyone with information about his son's death to come forward.

"We want to know why somebody, a heartless soul, can do this to somebody that's so sweet and we just want justice to be served," said Artis' sister Tilicia Copeland.

Copeland and her family want answers.

"We know that he's resting above, and he's watching us now, but just to know why."

The family is not releasing how much the reward will be, but Copeland says it will be a "substantial amount."

"I really want people to come up with information if they have any.  With as many people that are around here, I'm sure that somebody knows something," said Copeland.

Columbus police have said they are looking for two possible suspects.  One is a black male, in his late teens, early 20s.  Police describe him as having a slender build, 5'8" to 5'10" tall, and was wearing a royal blue jacket at the time of the crime.  Police say he may have a dreadlock hair style. 

The second suspect is also in his late teens and early 20s with a short haircut.  Police believe they were driving an older model compact car with the second suspect behind the wheel.

"We would never forget.  I don't know if we would be able to forgive.  We just want justice.  We just want to be able to go on and remember Charlie for who he was," said Artis' older sister Bettina Banks.

Banks says the outpouring of community support has been overwhelming, but now, they need help finding justice.

"He will never be forgotten," said Copeland.

If you have any information about this crime, you are asked to call Columbus police at (706) 653-3400.

Artis' family has also set up a fund at Columbus Bank and Trust to help keep Charlie's Barber Shop open.  You would need to ask to donate to the Charlie William Artis fund.

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