Augusta, Ga. (WJBF)- A year later Nikisha Terry is still seeking answers on the anniversary of her sons death. On October 9, 2015 Leon Hopkins Jr. was shot and killed at River ridge apartments and police have yet to arrest a suspect. Terry says it’s been hard to move on with her life knowing that out of the 20 homicides in Richmond County last year her sons case remains the only one solved.
“I know people might have thought I let it go, maybe Richmond county let it go, but i’m not letting it go. I’m not letting it go because like I said someone out here did it and someone needs to be in jail for it.” Terry said.
A week after his murder Richmond County Lt. Blaise Dresser handed out reward fliers seeking information that could lead to an arrest but no one has come forward. Major Strickland says in cases like these its hard to arrest a suspect when they have no leads.
“They have to feel comfortable in coming to us and that’s one of the things that we work on. If we have that good relationship with people they’ll pick up the phone and say hey look these two people are arguing can yall come out.” Strickland said.
Although they have sought information in the case Terry feels it isn’t enough. Her heart aches now for her grandson who will never get to meet his father. There were several people on the scene at the time that Hopkins was killed and yet no one came forward with information. Strickland said sometimes one phone with information call could be the difference between life and death.
“Even if their not within their house they might see them out in a breezeway in an apartment or whatever and they can diffuse the situation and keep a disorderly conduct turning into an aggravated assault or even a murder.” Strickland added.
I reached out to see if there were any new developments in the investigation and received the following statement from the Richmond County Sheriffs office:
“We are currently still working on the investigation and it has not gone to a “cold case” status. The violent crimes division has spoken with the family in this case, but there is little to report to them except that the Sheriff’s Office is following up on the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office does our best to solve these cases, and sometimes, it takes time.” Lt. Alan Rollins said.
As for now the person that is responsible for killing Leon Hopkins Jr. remains a mystery.