Overnight murder claims life of 20-year-old man; marks 45th homicide of 2020 in Columbus

Updated: Dec. 20, 2020 at 6:40 AM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Columbus homicide detectives are working the 45th murder of 2020.

According to police, 20-year-old D’aijon Cooks was brought to Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital at approximately 8:44 p.m. Saturday evening. When officers arrived, they were informed Cooks died.

The homicide unit is assuming the investigation.

Investigators say they were informed the victim was sitting in a car on Kelly Ave. in south Columbus when he was shot.

Police say two men were reportedly seen running from the scene.

CPD is asking anyone with any knowledge about the murder of Cooks to contact investigators at 706-225-4296.

Cooks’ murder marks 2020 as the deadliest year on record as the 45th homicide of the year, surpassing the previous record of 44 homicides set in 2017.

This is a developing story. Keep with News Leader 9 on air and online for the latest updates as they become available.

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