Fatal shooting victim was known for work with youth football

Allison Manning, The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus police have identified a man who was fatally shot Wednesday night in South Linden.

The body of 33-year-old Reginald W. Ivery Jr. was found shortly after 10:30 p.m. in a friend’s house at 1502 E. 26th Ave., police said. He had been shot in his upper body.

Ivery’s death is the city’s 19th homicide this year.

Renisha Peck, Ivery’s sister, said her brother was well-known around the Linden neighborhood for working with the youth-football leagues. She said he had coached the Linden Eagles for at least five years and was known for his winning teams.

Ivery lived at his parents’ house on E. 24th Avenue and worked as a home-health aide. Besides his sister and parents, he is survived by two sons, who are 9 and 4, and two brothers.

Peck said she was close to her brother, who was a year older.

“He was someone if he would see you down, would try to bring you up,” Peck said. “He was always cracking a joke.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide squad at 614-645-4730.

Dispatch Reporter Jim Woods contributed to this story.