A suspect has been arrested in connection with an early morning homicide this past weekend in Clifton.

It is a story that feels like is happening with greater frequency in the Grand Valley, and it's troubling. We almost expect to hear these stories in the news and they aren't even shocking to us anymore.

Here Is What Happened

It was the early morning hours of Saturday, April 17. According to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the 700 block of 33 Road in Clifton at about 12:30 Saturday morning. On the scenes, deputies found an adult male - dead of an apparent gunshot wound. Several people were reportedly in the area trying to help the victim but were unable to save his life.

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Suspect Identified and Charges Filed

A suspect in the shooting was quickly identified and arrested. Police arrested 29-year-old Cody Hodge without incident. He was charged with Second Degree Murder F2, Possession of a Weapon By A Previous Offender F6, and Prohibited Use of Weapons M2. Hodge was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility and held on a $500,000 cash bond.

As the investigation continues, the Mesa County Coroner's office will determine the official cause of death and release the victim's identity.

It's another heartbreaking story and we can't help but think of the grief of a family and loved ones who are suddenly dealing with this loss of life. We don't know the circumstances surrounding this shooting, but we know enough. A person in our community has violently died and we are saddened by another tragic death in the Grand Valley.

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