Family of murdered Columbus man asks for help, end to senseless violence

Family of murdered Columbus man asks for help, end to senseless violence

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The family of 34-year-old Descartes "Reggie" Baldwin is mourning, trying to understand why someone would want to hurt a father of five.

"You always got a laugh out of Reggie. He never bothered anyone, he never harmed anyone. I just don't understand why somebody would hurt him," says Baldwin's cousin La'Quisha Hawes.

Police arrested 28-year-old Takisha Lee and 30-year-old Montrell Foxworth over the weekend, both of them charged with Baldwin's murder.

Authorities say Baldwin was standing on the curb of North Lumpkin Road and Cusseta Road, outside the Cusseta Package Store, talking to people inside a car when we was shot multiple times.

He was pronounced dead around 12:45 a.m. at Midtown Center.

"I know he isn't here, but I know he is watching over. He is going to live through us," says Stepon L'Cewen, a cousin of Baldwin's.

Now the family of the Columbus native is asking for support and help from the community for the five children he leaves behind who range in ages eight to 13.

"We want to make sure he has a special place to be buried properly so when they grow and they are thinking about their dad, they can go and talk to him. It hurts," explains Marquetta Williams.

Lee and Foxworth had their first appearance in court Monday morning, but their hearing was delayed until later this week.

"All of the black on black crime, we need to stop all that and come together as one, because it is not looking good for us," says L'Cewen.

A vigil in Baldwin's honor will be held Tuesday outside the Cusseta Package store at 8:30 pm.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the family can visit any Wells Fargo location and donate to the "Reggie Baldwin Memorial Fund."

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