Rebecca Duran’s son, Donovan Lewis, was killed last August by former Columbus police officer Ricky Anderson.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mother’s Day is a time many look forward to, but for one local mom, it’s a reminder of her son who was killed last summer.
Rebecca Duran’s son, Donovan Lewis, was killed last August by former Columbus police officer Ricky Anderson, and Lewis would have turned 21 this Mother’s Day.
“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t the worst Mother’s Day I’ve ever had,” Duran said.
Instead of celebrating this day with her son, she is left to honor him. Along with friends, family and supporters, many gathered outside the Columbus Police Department on Saturday.
Duran said what hurts the most is that her son will not be able to be the father of his newborn child.
Anderson shot and killed Lewis on Aug. 30 in the 3200 block of Sullivant Avenue while serving a warrant for domestic violence and assault and improper handling of a firearm.
Body camera footage shows Anderson opening the apartment’s bedroom door and shooting Lewis, who was lying in bed, a second or less later. Employees put handcuffs on him, took him out of the apartment and carried out the necessary measures.
He was then taken to hospital where he later died.
After the fatal shooting, his family is demanding justice. In Februarythey filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Anderson.
In MarchAnderson left the Columbus Police Department with a bad reputation.
The family’s attorney, Ben Cooper, said they want the case to be presented to a grand jury.
“The limits are disappointing, but it’s not going to stop us or this family,” Cooper said.
Duran said the longer it takes, the more they will continue to fight.
“It just makes it more important that we keep pushing and keep asking for answers until we get them, until we get real change,” Duran said.