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Family struggles to cope with Raleigh woman's death

Posted October 4, 2014 9:34 p.m. EDT
Updated October 4, 2014 10:45 p.m. EDT

— Less than a week after Danielle Hodges was found dead in her northeast Raleigh home, the 27-year-old's family members are still searching for answers about why she was shot and killed by a man she once had a romantic relationship with.

Police responding to a 911 call at 3552 Limber Lane Tuesday night found Hodges bleeding from her head as she lay on a couch, according to an arrest warrant. Officers found a shell casing on the ground near the sofa.

Roger Day, Hodges' brother, said Saturday that the family is struggling to deal with the shock of her death. 

"(My mother) immediately called me and my other two brothers and told us exactly what happened," Day said. "She said, 'Danielle has been shot and killed.' The notion of her having been killed that way and it being murder, it was gut-wrenching."

Brian O'Keith Davis II, 25, was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the incident. He is being held without bond at the Wake County jail.

Investigators haven't indicated a motive for the crime. Two people who were at the home at the time of the shooting told police that the Hodges and Davis had been arguing.

A woman told a dispatcher in a 911 call that the two had "been having problems off and on for quite a few days."

Day said his sister never told him that she was dealing with any relationship issues, but he said he believes there were red flags.

"In my opinion, I believe that there may be some signs that a person is at least capable of this. It may be as simple as a look in the eyes," he said. "It may not necessarily be anything verbal. It may just be a mode or mood that an individual gets that lets you know there is a very dark place."

An arrest warrant for Davis indicated that he, too lived at the Limber Lane home, but a family member said that is untrue.

Day said that he believes Davis was upset over losing a job and being forced to leave the home.

Despite his family's ongoing grief, he said there is a lesson to be learned.

"Take those signs seriously. Don't just overlook it as he'll never do anything to hurt me," Day said.

Hodges is survived by four children between 5 and 11 years old.