Victim of hit-and-run remembered as friend, leader by Benedict teammates

Victim of hit-and-run remembered as friend, leader by Benedict teammates

HOPKINS, SC (WIS) - Benedict College held a candlelight vigil following Monday's women's basketball game against Lane College where members of the campus community paused to remember Benedict basketball player Rashee Hodges.

"We all just need to heal right now," said Benedict men's basketball coach Fred Watson, "and it's going to take time."

South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers located a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run that killed Hodges over the weekend.

According to L. Cpl. David Jones, the car, a gold Toyota Camry with major damage to the right front bumper, headlight, and side mirror on the passenger side, was located in Hopkins.

Jones said a citizen recognized the car from information released by the Highway Patrol.

Rashee Hodges, 22, died Sunday morning after being struck by the car on Bluff Road as he was standing on the side of the roadway.

"I was on my way," said Watson. "Before I got there, they called me back and told me, 'Coach, I think he's dead.'"

The Benedict men's team was scheduled to take on Lane College on Monday at 7:30 p.m. However, Benedict officials opted to postpone the game and reschedule it for January 10, 2017.

"You know, I always feel it's my job to protect these guys," Watson said. "Unfortunately, that one incident, I couldn't protect them."

For now, Watson said his team is doing what it must in order to move forward while keeping Hodges' memory alive.

"He just didn't have any quit in him," said Benedict senior forward Christopher Spencer. "So you can't have that quit in you."

The Tigers' men's basketball team will return to action in a week when they travel to Newberry College on December 12.

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