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Although African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database. Cases involving African Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.

NewsOne has partnered with the Black and Missing Foundation and TV One to focus on the crisis of missing African Americans.

To be a part of the solution, NewsOne will profile a missing person weekly and provide tips about how to keep your loved ones safe and what to do if someone goes missing, while TV One‘s newest show, “Find Our Missing,” hosted by award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson, tells these stories in visual form.


Tyrek Robinson

Case Type: Endangered

DOB: January 1, 2001

Missing Date: March 23, 2012

Age Now: 11

Missing City: Columbus

Missing State: Ohio

Gender: Male

Race: Black

Complexion: Medium

Height: 5’2″

Weight: 110

Hair Color: Black

Hair Length: Short

Eye Color: Brown

Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

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Location Last Seen: Tyrek was last seen by his mother. He went inside their north Columbus home while his mother remained outside. When she went into the home, Tyrek was gone.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Columbus Police have issued a high-risk missing alert for the boy.

Last Seen Wearing: An OSU T-shirt, navy blue shorts, and red Nike sneakers.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tyrek Robinson should contact Columbus Police at 614-645-2358 or the Black and Missing Foundation’s Tip Line.

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