Andre Maurice Hill
Andre Maurice Hill, also identified as "Andre Hill," was a 47-year-old Black man who former Columbus police officer Adam Coy shot and killed around 1:50 am on December 22, 2020. Hill was unarmed when the police-involved incident occurred at a Columbus home where he was a guest. Inside the garage, Hill held his cellphone when Coy fatally shot him. According to the autopsy report, Coy shot Hill four times. Family members described Hill as someone passionate about and a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. He died wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt.
Karissa Hill is Andre Hill’s 27-year-old daughter. Karissa shared the sentiments of her father's brother, Alvin Williams, and the rest of the family, who said they wouldn’t be satisfied until Adam Coy's case results in a conviction. "We are gonna make sure that all four convictions happen," said Karissa, adding, "That's what we want, and that's what we're shooting for."
"We don't deserve to sit around and lose our friends and families and grieve over these malicious acts with no consequences behind them," said Alvin Williams. Williams is Andre Hill’s younger brother. The above quote is referring to the new law that could lead to charges for officers who fail to turn on their body cameras. Williams has a message for those who declared to protect and serve our communities: "There's plenty of families," he said, "not only ours, that are suffering by these ordeals across the land. And I just wanted to show some sympathy and some love back for them to let them know, the good ones, keep on doing your job because the community needs you."
Shawna Barnett, Hill's eldest sister, is said to remember Andre Hill as a man who was the life of the party, naturally funny, and right in the kitchen. "As a people, we should not have to sacrifice our loved ones. We shouldn't have to step every day in fear, not knowing or thinking that we will never return to see our loved ones or they won't return to us," said Barnett. She is a life coach and an author of romantic fiction novels “Intimate Illusions,” “In Between Lies” and “Dark Whispers.”
Benjamin Crump, the lawyer for Andre Hill, is a national civil rights attorney representing George Floyd and Breonna Taylor's families in the past. Law enforcement killed Floyd and Taylor, both of whom were Black and unarmed, in 2020. Of the case surrounding Hill, Crump said in a post on Twitter that former Columbus officer Adam Coy killed an unarmed Black man, Andre Hill. He also pointed out that the 47-year-old was a guest of the homeowner where the incident took place. Crump has been accused by activists, including Tamir Rice's mother, of exploiting controversial killings of Black people for financial gain.