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Man dies after Columbus shooting

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Bobby Hodge speaks out against violence after his nephew Markeese was shot and killed Bobby Hodge speaks out against violence after his nephew Markeese was shot and killed
Shooting at Cross Key Apartments left one dead, one injured Shooting at Cross Key Apartments left one dead, one injured
Markeese Hodge, 27, died after a shooting at Cross Keys Apartments Markeese Hodge, 27, died after a shooting at Cross Keys Apartments
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

A Columbus man has died following a shooting at an Columbus apartment complex Tuesday night, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan tells WRBL News 3.

27-year-old Markeese Hodge was injured during a shooting at Cross Keys Apartments, located on Baker Plaza Drive across from the former Benning Hills Elementary School, according to Bryan. Hodge succumbed to his injuries while in surgery at Midtown Medical Center Wednesday morning. Bobby Williams, 31, was also shot during the incident and is recovering.

Police arrested Jerome Chapmon, 23, in connection with the shooting. They found him at an apartment on Lockwood Court and took him into custody without incident.

Hodge's uncle, Bobby Hodge, went to the scene Wednesday to see where his nephew spent the last moments of his life. He says he always tried to provide a positive influence over his nephew, but notices the violence amongst young blacks in particular is on the rise. "It just kind of behooves me that all of these young people are just killing each other and it seems like we're our own victims," says Hodge.

As a self-described encouragement speaker, Hodge says he is deeply saddened by the loss of his nephew in his own neighborhood, especially with the old Muscogee Elementary School across the street, and many kids living in the area. "You don't even feel comfortable with your kids going outside to play because some absent-minded guy might just ride through the neighborhood shooting at a person," he says, "and for what?"

What most upsets Hodge is that others won't speak up for fear of retribution. He says he'd rather die for speaking up than die as an innocent bystander.

Now he says his mission is educating the youth to be better. "I'll stand on Mt. Everest and tell the world, this is sick. It's just plain stupid. It's ludicrous. We need to put an end to this."

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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