The 35-year-old who was found dead early Saturday at his Clover Avenue home was planning to leave Columbus with his wife and four children the day before he was killed.
“This was just a starting point for our children for us,” said Tadaisha Braxton, who was married to the victim for nearly seven months. “This was not the final destination.”
Lonny Braxton’s neighbor told Columbus police she thought he was sleeping when she saw him lying in his backyard of his Clover Lane home around 2 a.m. Saturday. She didn’t report the incident until she returned from work around 8 a.m. and saw that he was still lying there unresponsive, authorities said.
Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said it appears as if Braxton was shot around 9 p.m. Friday. Another neighbor reported hearing gunshots around that time.
“How do you pick up the pieces and go on when that wasn’t the plan,” Tadaisha Braxton said. “The plan was that he was going to always be with me. We were going to do it together as a family.”
No one has been named as a suspect in Braxton’s death.