This week’s Crime of the Week focuses on a Homicide in Columbus

Ms. Kaykimia Ruffin


On June 1, 2020, at approximately 7:55 p.m., in the area of 1958 Maryland Avenue a young female victim, Ms. Kaykimia Ruffin, was in the parking lot with friends dancing to music. There were several rounds of gunfire that came from the roadway into the area where Ms. Ruffin and her friends were located. Ms. Ruffin was struck by a bullet, and later died from the injuries she sustained. 

Ms. Ruffin

An unknown gold sedan vehicle which displayed a temporary license place, had a missing front passenger wheel hub cap, was seen in the area just prior to the shooting and homicide. The vehicle traveled east on Maryland Avenue, stopped where an unknown male exited the vehicle. A second male in all red exited the vehicle a couple of moments later then the vehicle turned around in the roadway to face west on Maryland Avenue. These two (2) individuals exited this vehicle just prior to the multiple gunshots being fired. Those same two (2) unknown individuals got back in the vehicle just after the gunshots were fired and the vehicle traveled west on Maryland Avenue leaving the scene.

It is believed Ms. Ruffin was not the intended target but one of the other individuals that was near her.

Homicide Detectives are asking for help identifying the suspect(s) or suspect vehicle in the photographs.

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