Thanksgiving shooting survivor faces a painful Christmas without her family

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A somber Christmas for the grandparents of the Hilltop family that was murdered almost three weeks ago.

Johnny and Christina Anderson and their seven-year-old son Landon were shot and killed November 23rd.

John Anderson, Sr. says, “I wake up every morning just thinking my son’s gonna walk through my door… Any minute.”

Anderson is heartbroken. Last month he lost the only male heirs to the family name and his daughter-in-law too. Anderson, his ex-wife Kimmi Cremeans and her parents Larry and Julia are in constant grief.

“I miss them them all… and I don’t know what I’m gonna do without them.” says Kimmi Cremeans.

It happened just three days before Thanksgiving. Johnny, Christina and Landon were brutally shot and killed by a disgruntled neighbor. Anderson’s 12-year-old granddaughter Kylie was also shot, but survived.

“She said to me, ‘Mama, I played dead like in your shows so he’d stop shooting me,” Cremeans says.

That little girl’s shooter, Barry Kirk, was later killed by police.

Cremeans says, “Her mother is the real hero because she climbed on her kids.”

They were a family full of life. Johnny had just started his own Asphalt Seal Coating business, Christina was a fantastic mom and a great friend and Landon’s laughter on his sister’s voicemail shows his wonderful personality.

“Nothing is ever gonna be the same,” says Cremeans through her tears.

Anderson says, “I just miss them so much.”

Now, less than two weeks before Christmas, this family is shouldering the expense of three unexpected funerals and mourning day to day.

Cremeans says, “It just can’t get any worse. It can only… It’s gotta get better because it cannot get any worse than this. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody’s family ever.”

A fund has been set up at Chase Bank to benefit 12-year-old Kylie. First thing Monday, a second account called The Anderson Family Funeral Fund will be established, also at Chase Bank. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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