Jacqueline Rodgers, of Utica, is living every parent's worst nightmare: the loss of her son, who was shot to death on Miller Street, in Utica, November 22nd. Adding to her personal nightmare-the fact that she doesn't know who killed him, and that that person has not yet been brought to justice.
"Let my son lay down in peace because he wasn't ready to go. It wasn't his time, and it's not nobody's time when it comes down to guns," said Rodgers, through tears, Thursday. With her, her daughter, Audrianna.
"We just want answers. We just want to know who did it," said Audrianna Rodgers. "This has to be stopped and if we continue to not come together, we're gonna continue to bury our loved ones."
Candles placed there in honor of Rodgers surrounded the women, as they stood on Miller Street. Utica Police say someone shot 33-year-old Todd "Tizzy" Rodgers while he was in a car, and that he then drove the car around the corner, to James, where police found him. The candles on Miller Street spell out, "Tizzy."
Veronica Davis and Todd Rodgers weren't related by blood. But they were family.
"Since my brother got killed, Reginald Davis, whose murder is still unsolved, that was his best friend and when my brother died, he stepped up," said Davis. "He held me together when I lost my baby brother so for me to lose him, which is another brother...."
Utica Police say the tough part of such investigations isn't necessarily getting information, but making it go the distance, to trial.
"A lot of people have come forward with anonymous information, or people have come forward with information that not necessarily want to go on paper or testify further with this. That's something that we run into a lot with these cases," said Lt. Bryan Coromato, of Utica Police. "The Crime Stoppers is a diffferent scenario. That information is anonymous and always will be anonymous and they can get the money but the information has to lead to an arrest or help solve this case."
But Lt. Coromato says the well of leads hasn't gone dry, nor has hope for a conclusion evaporated.
"We have people that we are talking to who have information," says Lt. Coromato.
Whether it's for the up to $1500 Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers is offering for information in this case, or, to ease a grieving family's pain, or, because they'd want someone to do the same if it was them, Jacqueline Rodgers hopes whoever knows who killed her son, will come forward.
"Can you please get in contact with somebody? Because this is tearing my life apart," says Rodgers.
The number to give an anonymous with Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers is 1 866 730 8477.
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