During the late afternoon of Sunday, August 9, 2015, Rondel Valentine drove a rented maroon Nissan Altima to the area of 3830 Wadsworth Ct., on the east side of Columbus, which is often referred to as “Easthaven.” Sometime during his trip, Rondel picked up two unidentified males and left the area, only to return minutes later. There is speculation, but no verification, as to what activity took place during the timeframe Mr. Valentine and his passengers were away from the area. What is known is that after returning to the area, as both passengers exited the car, one of them shot Rondel Valentine. Both suspects then fled the area on foot. Police and Medical personnel were called to the scene and Mr. Valentine was pronounced dead at 5:30pm. It is also known that approximately 20-30 teens were in the immediate area and only feet away from the vehicle when the shooting took place. Unfortunately, there has been little cooperation in this investigation because the suspects are alleged to have affiliation with or are “Easthaven” gang members. A photo of Rondel Valentine may be viewed on our website at www.stopcrime.org.
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