Columbia PD asks for public help in solving two weekend murders

Nadria Wright & E'Quan Spain

The Columbia Police Department continues to actively seek the person responsible for two homicides this past weekend, but they're getting little cooperation from the community.

Nadria Wright, 18, of Columbia, was shot Friday night in an area just south of the Business Loop.  She later died at the hospital.

A family friend of Wright's, Sam Baldwin, 28, of Columbia, was also shot.  He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.  There's no word on his current condition.

The second shooting happened about two hours later just south of Douglass Park.  E'Quan Spain, 19, of Columbia, was shot.  He later died at the hospital.

CPD spokesman Jeff Pitts says they need the community's help to solve these murders.

"If you know something, please say something.  This affects our community and we need the community's assistance in order to identify and locate the people responsible for these homicides over the past weekend."

Pitts says if you prefer to stay anonymous, Crimestoppers which is not a part of the police department, can assist with that.

"It is a private, non-for profit group of people who recognize the need for complete anonymity when it comes to giving information to the police.  So the way it works is if you call Crimestoppers at 875-TIPS, that does not come to the police department, that goes to Crimestoppers.  After you give your information, you'll be issued an identification number.  And if your information leads to an arrest for someone responsible, you will call back and give that number."

Pitts say any reward money will also be handled in a private manner so you don't have to reveal your identity.