Family wonders why homeless woman was killed

Victim had four daughters, the oldest of whom is 20.
TNS Regional News
Jan 21, 2014

 

Columbus police continued to look for suspects and a motive yesterday in the shooting death of a 42-year-old homeless woman on Sunday night.

Michelle Y. Ferrell was found by a pizza-delivery driver in front of a boarded-up duplex at 780 1/2 Linwood Ave. on the South Side at 9:22 p.m., police said.

She died an hour later in OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.

The delivery driver called 911, telling the dispatcher that Ferrell was barely breathing, but he couldn’t see any blood.

“I’m not sure what’s wrong with her, but she’s knocked out on the snow,” he said.

Her cousins and aunt gathered yesterday near where Ferrell was found and wondered who would want to hurt her. Ferrell had struggled with homelessness and mental-health issues, spending time at Netcare and in shelters, they said.

“There ain’t nothing you could do to make someone want to kill you, especially a woman,” said a cousin, Charles Bell.

He said he last had seen Ferrell about a month ago, and she seemed to be doing well.

Ferrell had several children in Columbus and in Mississippi, where she previously lived, Bell said.

Birth records show she had four daughters in Franklin County, the oldest of whom is 20.

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By Allison Manning - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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