Columbus’ Ghanaian-American community mourns loss of singer

Friends and family are grieving the loss of Britney Boateng, a young Ghanaian-American woman and up-and-coming Columbus musician.

Boateng, 22, who went by “BeBe,” was killed in a shooting around 1 am Monday morning at a home in the 400 block of South Weyant Avenue. Columbus police have arrested 41-year-old Tyona Dunkle, of the East Side, and charged her with murder.

Ricky McElroy, a supervisor at the Buckeye Ranch who produced music for Boateng, said “she was just a sweet soul. Her talent was unbelievable, but just her care for people — her love for people — was amazing.”

He recalled Boateng’s memorable performance of “Hero,” by Mariah Carey, at the Glenwood Recreation Center in front of Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther in 2016.

“Oh Britney, I can’t even find the words. This heart of mine is busted wide open and I am left in pieces,” wrote Nancy de Leon, an English and Humanities teacher at Columbus City Schools’ Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School, where Boateng was an alumna.

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