FBI Atlanta
Public Affairs Specialist Jenna Sellitto
(770) 216-3162
August 25, 2021

FBI Offers Reward for Information in 12-Year Old’s Murder

COLUMBUS, GA—The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and indictment of those responsible for the murder of 12-year old Cortez Richardson.

Richardson was tragically shot and killed while riding in the back seat of his mother’s vehicle on Friday, August 13, 2021. The Columbus Police Department, who is investigating the murder, said the shooting happened near the intersection of Floyd Road and Luna Drive in Columbus.

The police investigation has revealed that the boy and his family were on their way home from dinner when their vehicle got caught between an exchange of gunfire between two other vehicles, a white sedan and a white SUV.

Police believe Richardson and his family were innocent victims of a dispute between the suspects in the two other vehicles.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the FBI Atlanta/Columbus Resident Agency at 706-596-9603 or the Columbus Police Department at 706-225-4363.