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Man, woman dead in separate Columbus homicides. Here’s what we know.

Homicide unit on scene investigating body discovered at Columbus park

Maj. J.D. Hawk of the Columbus Police has confirmed the homicide unit is on the scene at a park at the corner of Hamilton Rd. and 33rd St. in Columbus after police were called about 5 a.m. this morning regarding a deceased individual.
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Maj. J.D. Hawk of the Columbus Police has confirmed the homicide unit is on the scene at a park at the corner of Hamilton Rd. and 33rd St. in Columbus after police were called about 5 a.m. this morning regarding a deceased individual.

Columbus police are investigating two unrelated homicides that occurred Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.

Dispatch received a call at 11:11 p.m. Tuesday that a man had been shot multiple times near Rigdon Road at Illges Road.

Bryan said Roy Wilburn, 60, was pronounced dead at Piedmont Columbus Regional, Midtown Medical Center at 5:08 a.m. His body will be sent for an autopsy, Bryan said.

The Columbus Police Department’s Robbery and Assault Unit is investigating the incident.

The second victim was declared dead at 5:40 a.m. of a gunshot wound in a playground at 33rd Street and Hamilton Road.

She later was identified as 33-year-old Kimberley Tarver of Columbus, Bryan said.

He said the homicides mark the 9th and 10th in Columbus this year.

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