This is a tragic story to read about. I don't know how anyone could just shoot somebody, especially a very beautiful woman.
Living here for nearly 35 years, my gut tells me this could be one of those crimes that has a legacy to it in the future.
The 1980 murder of Seenie Dukat in Upper Arlington changed the way parents looked after their kids in this area. When the local station did a story on the murder a few years ago, I mentioned to my mother that I never heard about that (it was a couple years before I was born). She immediately mentioned the name Seenie Dukat. This was over 30 years later.
The 1994 murder of Stephanie Hummer changed the way Ohio State and the city viewed public safety and crime in the campus area. If you went to school at OSU after this murder, you noticed the Student Safety Service, the emergency call locations with the blue lights on top, and the Gateway project that began OSU getting involved in development along High Street. The murder of Stephanie Hummer began those initiatives.
The mid-1990's gang shootout in the middle of the old Columbus City Center at lunch time on a weekday changed how residents viewed City Center. When it opened, there was no place that had the shine and glamour of City Center. Sure, Tuttle, Easton, and Polaris helped contribute to it's demise, but ask any long time residents, and the gang shootout will always come up as the beginning of the end for City Center.
Columbus is a big city. It does have big city problems. It feels safe for many of us, but the crime and problems are here. The Short North has come a long way from its former self when it was one of the worst neighborhoods in the area with the notorious Short North Posse bringing major crime to the area. There have been great strides to the neighborhood. A lot of folks have a lot invested in to that area. That is a big reason why I think this murder will bring about action in that area.