Just before 2:30 a.m. on May 25, 2013, a Highway Patrol trooper was flagged down by someone who'd noticed a vehicle stopped in the roadway.
When the trooper reached the vehicle, on North Reynolds Road between Dorr and West Bancroft Streets, he found Kenneth Collins II unconscious in the driver's seat. Paramedics were called and Collins, 20, was rushed to the University of Toledo Medical Center, the former Medical College of Ohio, where he was pronounced dead.
Collins, according to an autopsy performed by the Lucas County Coroner's Office, was shot twice, the fatal wound was between his back and upper abdomen.
More than a year later, his death remains a mystery.
Collins' sister, Kennisha Collins, 23, of Toledo, said she saw her brother shortly before he died. He spent the day at her home playing with his niece, Ka'Nya, who is now 4, but kept getting phone calls and left there sometime between midnight and 1 a.m.
At about 4 a.m., Kennisha answered her phone, which had not stopped ringing, and learned that her brother “was gone.”
“I didn't believe it,” she said. “I started crying. I didn't know what to do. I was panicking.”
In darkness, she packed up her daughter and met the rest of her family at her father's house.
Kennisha described her brother as a natural athlete and “very intelligent.” Although Kenneth was younger, he would often help his sister with homework.
Kenneth, as a youth, played basketball at Birmingham and the East Toledo Family Center. He attended both Waite and Scott high schools.
At the time of his death, Collins was a new father. His daughter, Ke'Myiah Collins, is 1 ½ years old now.
Kennisha said her family wants answers and for the responsible person (or people) to come forward and admit what they've done.
“Like, why? Was it even worth it? What was the purpose?” Kennisha said. “I know whoever did it probably knew he had a baby who was just born.”
Collins was shot in a leg on the city's east side, just outside the Weiler Homes, in Sepbember, 2012. No arrests were made.
Collins was also accused, in 2012, of shooting Pete Mohammad, although the charges were eventually dropped in Toledo Municipal Court.
Police ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111.
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