$30,000 reward for info in murder of brother of ex-OSU standout Beanie Wells

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AKRON, Ohio-- The man shot and killed in Akron Thursday morning is the brother of former Ohio State football player Beanie Wells.

Officers responded to the area of 7th Avenue and Weeks Street shortly after 8 a.m. for a shooting. Police said they found the victim in the driveway and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as 31-year-old Joel Paul Wells. He died of a gunshot wound to the head.

"He was my best friend, 11 months apart," Beanie Wells said. "Everyone that knows him, loved him. He was a fun loving guy. He was a knucklehead at times, but Joey was always the life of the room. He was a jokester." He said his brother leaves behind five daughters.

Beanie Wells is offering a $15,000 reward and Crime Stoppers is adding an additional $5,000. He said other anonymous donors associated with the university donated to the reward for a total of $30,000.

Akron police said the suspect vehicle is a newer black Jeep with tinted and temporary license plate.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2TIP, or Summit County Crime Stoppers at 330-434-COPS. You can also text TIPSCO with the info to 27467.

Christopher "Beanie" Wells is an Akron native and was a running back for the Buckeyes. He was selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cardinals.

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