Investigators: Witnesses to deadly shooting not cooperating

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — More than five months after he was found shot dead on the city’s southeast side, the events surrounding the death of a 22-year-old man remains a mystery.

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers investigators said they have not had much information on the August 9 death of Rondel Valentine, despite at least 20 teenagers being in the area where he was believed to have been shot and killed, but are seeking new tips to help catch his killer.

Earlier that afternoon, investigators said Valentine drove a rented maroon Nissan Altima to the area of 3830 Wadsworth Court on the city’s cast side. He picked up two unknown males at some point during his drive, but investigators are unsure what happened during that drive.

Investigators said the car returned to the area and both passengers exited the vehicle some time before 5 p.m. One of the males shot Rondel and both males fled on foot. Police and medics responded to the scene and found Valentine with fatal gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead at about 5:30 p.m.

Crime Stoppers investigators believe the shooting may have a connection with local gang members, which may have led to poor cooperation from witnesses, and are seeking more details to identify the males involved.

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest or indictment of the people responsible for this crime.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to website at www.stopcrime.org to e-mail a tip. Tips can also be sent by text to to “CRIMES” 274637, key word CMH.

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