Family and Community Call For Justice During Vigil for Andre’ Hill
Tonight, hundreds gathered outside of the Brentnell Community Recreation Center in Columbus in honor of Andre’ Hill, the unarmed Black man shot and killed by a Columbus Police officer in the early morning of December 22, 2020. The family’s attorneys made calls for justice for Hill, for support of his daughter Karissa and her children, and for rallying the support of the community.
Community members gathered around the family and their attorney Ben Crump.
He noted the family chose the Brentnell Community Recreation Center as the location of the vigil over a location like City Hall because it’s where their family grew up, where Andre’ played basketball, learned to play chess, and cherished life.
He called for justice for Andre’ Hill. And to answer the questions of why this keeps happening. Why the officers did not render any aid, and why they shoot first and ask questions later.
Columbus Police Chief Quinlan has recommended the firing of Adam Coy, the officer who shot Hill.
“We will remember 2020 for three things,” said Crump in address to the crowd. “One: COVID-19 pandemic. Number two: the presidential election. And number three: all the unarmed Black people who got killed by police. How many more brothers and sisters will we lose in 2020 to police brutality. To racism. To oppression. How many more?”
“We are standing with her [Karissa] because we don’t want her to stand here alone. Are you all going to stand with her?”
The family’s attorneys will be fighting for full transparency in this case and will be conducting an independent autopsy.
Andre’ Hill’s eldest sister Shawna Barnett has setup a GoFundMe that will support the family.
She addressed the community by thanking everyone for all of their support.
“We cannot get through this by ourselves,” she said. “This is a big thing, and we’re all in this together.”