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Marcus Marquis Payne

May 25, 1994 - September 11, 2021


MARCUS MARQUIS PAYNE was born in Columbus, Ohio,
on Wednesday, May 25, 1994. He was the son of Victoria Landrum
and Mark Payne, Sr. Marcus was a well-loved young man. He was a
proud graduate of West High School, Class of 2012. He studied
Business Management at The Ohio State University and furthered
his education at Columbus State Community College and the Trio
Upward Bound Summer Enrichment Program. September 2009,
Marcus was baptized at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
Marcus enjoyed sports and staying active. He played baseball for
Georgian Heights, football for Westside Dolphins, ran track and
played basketball for West High School. Marcus was in the Boy
Scouts Webelos. He enjoyed exercising, playing basketball, and
playing Xbox video games. He especially loved watching animated
shows, like Naruto, with his nephew, Mark Ill. Marcus loved his
community and family.

Marcus was a hard worker. His employment journey includes
working in the sales department at Georgesville Nissan, HKT
Teleservices as an advocate, and was employed three and a half
years for Scarlet Management Group, where he advanced and had
a team of fourteen reps. Moreover, Marcus was selected to speak
at a business conference for being among the top employees,
resulting with a couple of paid conferences to Mexico as a reward.
In addition, Marcus worked two years at The Columbus Dispatch
Warehouse as a hopper feeder, a year at Westland Area Library as
a shelfer, and a season for the Columbus State Community College
Athletic Department as a summer assistant.

Marcus had an entrepreneurial spirit and aspired to be in business
with his brother and uncle. He wanted to also give back to the
Westside/Hilltop community by providing food or other items of
need. When asked how he was doing, Marcus would reply either,
“Cool as ice water,” “Work hard to make money,” “Stay Sucker Free,”
or “It ain’t that serious.”

He was always polite and respectful. Marcus’ philosophy was if
something needed to be done . . . to just do it. Marcus was always
figuring things out for himself, before asking for help. He would
say . . .


Marcus was a person who enjoyed life and saw the light in every
situation. Marcus showed respect to his elders and love to the
innocence of children. He didn’t mummer when he had an objective
to complete and could lighten a dampened mood. Marcus liked
thinking outside the box to solve problems. For example, he
researched buying and watering his two Venus flytrap plants for
the house.


We still are seeking any information regarding a shooting of Marcus Payne on August 30, 2021 between the hours of 1:00am-3:00am near Neil Ave. and Buttles Ave.

If you saw, heard, have video, pictures of individuals, vehicles in the are during this time would you PLEASE forward the information to Detective Egelhoff at 614-645-4730, Who is trying to solve the murder of our 27- year-old Marcus M. Payne.

Crime Stoppers are offering a reward for any information leading to an Arrest. They can be reached at 614-461-8477 you also have the option to report any information anonymously. Any information is greatly appreciated from Family and Friends who love my son.

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