City officials posthumously honored community activist Amber Evans, 28, with a Create Columbus Visionary Award, a quarterly accolade that recognizes young professionals who are making a difference. For years, Evans was active in local community justice groups, including as leader of the People’s Justice Project, Voices of the Unheard and the Juvenile Justice Coalition.
Council President Shannon Hardin described Evans as “a community champion and a powerful force for a more just Columbus.”
Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown added, “I know she changed the lives of people that she saw all over the city, and in those people, her soul will live on.”
Evans’ body was found in the Scioto River in late March, about two months after she was reported missing. Authorities believe she killed herself, although a final autopsy report has not yet been released.