Neighbor questions safety after man, 61, dies following home invasion in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A man has died following a home burglary two weeks ago.

Kenneth Moore, 61, was shot on Dec. 18, 2017, and was pronounced dead on Jan. 1, 2018 at 1:45 a.m. at Midtown Medical Center ICU.

The daughter of the victim is calling for an end to violence in Columbus in light of this tragedy.

"Can we please do something about gun violence in Columbus because I'm tired of losing my love ones," said Ashley Moore in a Facebook post.

Neighbors are on high alert from a situation, they say, is a little too close for comfort.

"Anything that goes on in my neighborhood, it affects me," said a neighbor of the victim, Lawanda Martin.

She says while she did not know her next-door neighbor personally, she's mourning his death and questioning safety in her community of 14 years.

"I waved at him whenever I saw him, very aware that they been here over maybe a year," said Martin.

The burglary happened at a home in the 3000 block of Curry Street. When police arrived, they found Moore lying in the rear doorway in his home suffering from gunshots to his right rear shoulder and left buttock.

This tragic situation a scary reality for some neighbors in the Dimon Woods subdivision, who say in recent weeks, they too have been victim to home break-ins.

"Someone was in our back shed trying to come in the door, pry their way through the door, trying to get inside the house," said Martin.

Martin says there have been several attempted break-ins at her home, and various houses on her street.

"We need to all be vigilant. What's going on around us, and in our neighborhoods. We do that for coming together," said Martin.

Even though Moore was shot in December, his death is counted as a 2018 homicide. The second homicide of the year.

No suspects have been named.

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