COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is again asking for community assistance in a homicide that took place six years ago this week.
On October 27, 2016, Columbus police responded to a shooting on the city’s west side. At 8:45 p.m., officers located David Lee Hodge, who had been shot several times by unidentified suspects. Hodge was pronounced dead at Mount Carmel West hospital at 9:20 p.m.
“He was just awesome,” said Joan Gresson, Hodge’s mother. “He was great, he was kind, he was giving. He was everything as a son.”
According to Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, it is believed the suspects broke out windows to enter a home in the 100 block of Columbian Avenue where Hodges was staying. Hodges and a witness, both on the second floor, confronted the suspects before Hodges was shot by at least one of the suspects. All suspects then left the scene.
It is possible the suspects, who reportedly fled in a silver Nissan Rouge, knew Hodges, and remain at large today.
As more and more time passes, Gresson sometimes worries there won’t be an arrest in her son’s case. She wants closure and is hoping that even though it’s been about six years, someone comes forward with information.
“I miss him so much,” she said. “Wish he was here. I miss him every day.”
Not a day goes by that Gresson doesn’t think about her son, who was her oldest child and whom she called Davey.
“I love him so much,” she said. “He was always there for me and doing things and he was just a wonderful boy.”
Hodge had two brothers and was always looking out for them, Gresson said. She talked on the phone with Hodge at least once a day, calling their relationship special.
“Every day, he used to say, ‘Mom, why we got to talk,'” she said. “I said, ‘Son, I just want to talk to you every day,’ and this is the reason why you do, because when he’s not there anymore, that’s what I miss, talking to him.”
Six years after his death, there are still no arrests in Hodge’s case.
“I just wish someone would come forward and say something,” Gresson said. “Somebody has to know something and I don’t know why they haven’t got on the tip line or anything. I just need, I have to have closure for my son. I need that.”
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477), visit www.stopcrime.org or use the free P3 Tips app, available for iOS and Android devices. All tips are anonymous and calls are never recorded.