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Visiting relatives shot during attempted robbery, family wants answers

A family is searching for answers into who shot two brothers and a cousin in southwest Columbus earlier this week. (Courtesy: Ali Family)

A family is searching for answers into who shot two brothers and a cousin in southwest Columbus earlier this week.

Police say the victims may have been the target of a robbery at the Wedgewood Village Apartments, Monday.

For the victim's family, it all seems like a blur. The pain they feel doesn't seem real, but the passion they have for justice is very clear.

"I pray that you just get caught because come one three lives. It's just ridiculous. Gun violence is ridiculous," said Warda Ali, the sister of two of the victims.

The victims are two brothers and one cousin. They live for the game of soccer. It's all they've known for most of their life.

"Soccer has been running in our blood for so long and everyone plays," said Ali.

Every year, the family drives from Rochester to Columbus for a Somali soccer tournament. But for 25-year-old Omar Ali, it was his last.

The two surviving victims, 22-year-old Mohammed Deq and 23-year-old Ali Abdulkadir Ali, remain at Mount Carmel West Hospital in critical condition, police said.

"They were actually dropping off a friend that night after the tournament. There was a big celebration and after dropping their friend off, everything happened so fast," said Ward.

Police said the victims were targeted during an apparent robbery. Police were called to the apartment complex on Monday morning for a shooting.

While a brother and cousin try to recover in the hospital, one is being remembered for the short life he lived.

"He was actually a very kind person, a sweetheart, a very giving person, a great uncle and brother," said Ward.

The bond the family has is what gives them strength to get through, but for them strength isn't enough. They want justice.

"I just want to say if anybody knows anything, please come forward. This is three lives. This is very very hard for us and if you know anything, come forward. I know somebody knows something," said Ali.

'Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus police at 614-645-4545.

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