COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A Columbus woman who spent much of her time helping others is being mourned after she was shot to death early Thursday morning on the southeast side.
The man wanted in connection with the murder of 46-year-old Naika Brown was taken into police custody Thursday evening. Jakobe Raekwon McCall was arrested by Columbus police at about 9 p.m. Thursday. McCall is expected to be charged with murder, according to police.
“She was helping other women who had been trafficked that was coming off of drugs,” said Brown’s friend Barbara Freeman.
She said Brown was a survivor of trafficking too and did everything she could to help others.
“Sometimes when girls didn’t have anywhere to stay, Naika would always open her doors for those young girls,” said Freeman.
She also helped women like Monique, who preferred not to be identified on camera or give her real name.
“I just felt like giving up and she talked me out of it,” said Monique. “She welcomed everybody. It didn’t matter how big or small her place was, if you needed a place to go, she welcomed you.”
Negla Ross said she met Brown at an anti-human trafficking group program.
“There’s so many people that she can’t help now,” said Ross. “I was able to repay her for her kindnesses because that was what Naika wanted. She didn’t want people to remain in the situations that they were in.”
Police said Brown was pronounced dead at Apt. B located at 2853 Citizens Place, suffering from a gunshot wound.
Detectives said McCall shot Brown and had reportedly been arguing with her just before she was killed.
Brown’s neighbor and friend Money Goines said had heard shouting.
“Last night, I heard arguing. I heard her in the hallway arguing with somebody. I heard doors slam,” he said. “I didn’t know if it was doors slamming really hard, which it probably could have been the gunshots.”
Goines said he also knew McCall.
“He wasn’t violent or didn’t appear to be violent,” he said. “He never was disrespectful. He called me ‘sir’.”
He said Brown was a very kind and generous woman who will be missed.
“This woman worked 7 days a week, seemed tough, real soft on the inside,” said Goines. “I don’t know what happened. I don’t know. I just never thought I’d wake up and she was murdered.”
McCall was sought by police after Brown was found fatally shot at Citizen Place apartments. Police said McCall should be considered armed and dangerous during the 16-hour search.
This is the 97th homicide in Columbus this year.