Autopsies determine deaths of two Columbus men are homicides

City's seventh and eighth homicides of the year still under investigation

benw@ledger-enquirer.comMay 2, 2014 

The deaths of two Columbus men are homicides, according to preliminary autopsy reports from the state crime lab, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said Friday.

Corey "Blurp" Owens, 29, died of a gunshot wound on April 25, a day after he was shot while driving his GMC Suburban on Adair Avenue at Wynnton Road. Bryan said Owens died of a gunshot wound to the back of his head, but he had no information on the caliber of the weapon.

Three days after Owens was shot, 50-year-old Clifford Kendrick was pronounced dead. Kendrick was shot in the left buttock while he was trying to flee from at least two armed men who entered his Farr Road home on April 9. The bullet perforated his intestines, requiring doctors to resection his bowels. The gunshot contributed to his Monday death at Midtown Medical Center, the coroner said.

Bryan said toxicology and other tests will be conducted in Kendrick's death.

Owens and Kendrick are the seventh and eighth homicides for the year. Both deaths remain under investigation by Columbus police.

The funeral for Owens is at noon today at Battle & Battle Funeral Home Chapel in Phenix City, with burial to follow at Evergreen Memorial Park on St. Marys Road in Columbus.

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