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$5,000 reward offered for arrest in east Columbus cold case murder

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- The family of Columbus' second homicide victim of the year hopes cold hard cash gets a killer off the streets.

On Wednesday, the family of Karim Underdown announced a $5,000 reward, in connection with Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, for information that leads to an arrest for his murder.

Family and friends gathered at the Columbus Police Academy to make the announcement.

Underdown, a 35-year old father of four, was fatally shot on January 7 on Simpson Drive in east Columbus.

"He was a loving, caring person. He would have done anything for anyone in the world. We don't know what happened that night," said Underdown's widow, Rickia Davenport.

Neighbors said their street is usually quiet and were stunned by the crime.

"It sounded like someone unloaded an entire magazine from a semi-automatic," said Jeff Haven, who lives near where the murder scene.

Columbus Police said they continue to work leads in the case.

If you have information, you're urged to contact Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, Inc. You can remain anonymous. Tips can be left at: 614-461-8477, or by visiting the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers website.

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