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Leenesha Columbus, Zachary Robinson: Pregnant Mom Killed By Baby’s Father Near George Floyd’s Memorial Site

Leneesha Columbus, a pretty, 5-months pregnant woman, and mother, was savagely killed in or near her SUV, a block away from the George Floyd memorial site. Detectives say the man responsible for her death is Zachary Robinson, the father of her then-unborn child. Leneesha Columbus was shot dead on July 5. Her baby was delivered successfully but has since died, according to People. Held on a $1.5 million bond, Hennepin County detectives originally charged 27-year old Zachary Robinson with second-degree-murder, second-degree assault, and gun possession. Now, her violent lover is charged with two counts of second-degree-murder. Police believe he shot the mother of his child during a domestic dispute.


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Timeline of Leneesha Columbus Murder

Place: Elliot and 37th Minneapolis, Minnesota, Near George Floyd’s Memorial Site



Leneesha Columbus was a 27-year-old model and publicist for Dawgy Entertainment. Before her shocking death, she was living her life and preparing to give birth to a baby girl in three months. Those who knew her say she was sweet and soft-spoken. And many were devastated upon hearing of her death. One such person was a former co-worker named Franklin, who remembered her as a pleasant lady to work with and a “shining light.” A former teacher named Robert E. Willis posted the following message on her obituary page.

“My Utmost Condolences to All Involved! Leneesha was one of my students. She Graduated from PPL, Project for Pride in Living’s Banking Class #44 on June 22, 2018. She was an Incredible Brilliant Light and in my world, had a Very Promising Future. Like all of my students, her picture is on my wall at home. The World is Less Bright With Her Candle Blown Out. Rest In Peace Young Jedi! To Her Family, I have 2 Photos of her if you want them.”


My note: In researching this case, I happened upon Zachary Robinson’s Facebook page. Zachary is the baby’s father, and he appears to have gang affiliations and a high interest in the Somali community. He also loved Somali women.

Sunday, July 5

July 7

A GoFundMe page is created to help Leneesha’s family with expenses.


July 8



July 14



August 5

Named after her mother and grandmother, Leneesha LaDell Columbus dies. She is just four weeks old. Leneesha Columbus’ mother, Ladell Turnipseed, writes the following on Facebook.



“Good evening thank you for your love your prayers And your concern for my granddaughter She fought the long fight but she’s tired the Lord will be calling her home tomorrow we Held on to her as long as we could once again thank you for the love you showed my babies baby she’s going home to be with her mother and she’s definitely in good hands once again love you all thank you.”


What’s Next

The trial. If this case goes to trial, more will be known as to what happened that fateful day. Intimate partner violence is at an all-time high. Leneesha follows a long line of women whose lives ended at the hands of their partners. We report on these cases and share them to remember the victim. And hopefully, the information will help another woman recognize the signs of danger in a relationship.





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Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as and Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.



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