Gas Station Owner Murdered on His Daughter’s Birthday
December 11, 2021
COLUMBUS, Georgia—Amit Patel, 45, a Chevron gas station owner was shot dead Monday morning at 10:09 a.m. on December 6, while attempting to make a deposit at Synovus Bank on Buena Vista Road. The building also houses the Columbus Police Department’s east precinct.
Columbus police almost immediately responded to the scene along with EMS, however, they were unable to resuscitate Patel, who was pronounced dead at the front door of the bank, reports ABC9 WTVM.
Patel was actually on his way to celebrate his 3-year-old daughter’s birthday after making his weekly bank deposit.
“This was typical. He usually makes the deposit on Monday for the week after the weekends,” Amit’s business partner, Vinnie Patel, stated. “She will never forget what happened to her father on her birthday.”
Amit leaves behind a wife and daughter.
According to his GoFundMe page, “Amit was one of the most loving, calm, gentle souls we knew and if you had the opportunity to meet him you would know the warmth of a great man and father.”
Amit’s GoFundMe page can be accessed by clicking HERE
Amit’s wife now faces the task of raising their 3-year-old daughter and carrying for her 91-year-old handicapped grandmother-in-law, retired father-in-law, and disabled mother-in-law with polio. Amit was the primary breadwinner and now the family is left in shambles.
No arrests have been made. No suspect description was given.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Detective S. Hayes at 706-225-4268 or email [email protected]. Anonymous tips can be given by calling 706-653-3188 or texting VACS and your message to 274637.