Woman, 4-year-old daughter found dead in backyard on city’s southeast side

34-year-old Nicole Duckson and Christina Duckson (Photo submitted to NBC4)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A mother and her 4-year-old daughter were found dead outside of their home on the southeast side Friday morning, according to Columbus Police.

First responders were called out to the scene on Fleet Road just after 9am.

Sgt. Dave Sicilian said a friend of the victim discovered the bodies of 34-year-old Nicole Duckson and her young daughter, Christina behind their home. He said the friend got worried when Duckson didn’t pick her up from work that morning.

“She came out to check on her. She obviously found the bodies, called the police,” he said. “It’s very clear to us that they were murdered.”

So far, there are no suspects, but police believe the victims knew their killer. The victims had multiple stab wounds.

“I can tell you typically these types of crimes are kind of up close and personal,” said Sgt. Sicilian. “We would definitely like to speak to anyone that has any information or any insights as to our victims and maybe what kind of issues they might have been having with someone or any kind of problems they could have been encountering with any other person.”

“That was big sis. That was you know, she was a very good friend. Very good friend. We were co-workers in 2016 and my car had broke down and she was the one that would pick me up. She went out of her way every morning,” said Lakeshia, a friend of Duckson.

Neighbors Shanita Miller lives across the street from the Ducksons.

“They sometimes sit outside. They wave. They barbecue. They’ll say, ‘You want a sandwich?’ or something like that, but that’s about it,” she said. “This is just terrible. It’s terrible. I’ve never seen anything like this happen before.”

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Columbus Police.

You can submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers: 614-461-8477.

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