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Arrest Made In Death Of Columbus City Employee

 Tearicka Cradle was featured in an employee spotlight video by the city of Columbus in 2018. Cradle was shot to death on July 18, 2021.
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Tearicka Cradle was featured in an employee spotlight video by the city of Columbus in 2018. Cradle was shot to death on July 18, 2021.

Columbus Police have arrested a 29-year old man for the killing of city employee Tearicka Cradle on July 18.

Lonnie Davis is facing murder charges in connection with Cradle's death.

Police said Davis shot Cradle while attempting a burglary at her home. Police are also searching for 24-year-old Ivan Netter in connection with Cradle's death.

Cradle had attended the Restoration Academy (now called the EDGE program) created by Coleman. She was one of its first graduates in 2012. It is a work program for people with felony convictions.

Cradle went on to became a coordinator for the academy. She had worked for nearly nine years with the city. Her last position was as an assistant at the Department of Building and Zoning Services.

Former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said he frequently spoke to Cradle when she worked at Restoration Academy.

"She was a determined, inspiring individual who fell down in life, who was determined to get back up and to contribute back to the community and that determination was a part of who she was,” Coleman said in the days after Cradle's death.