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Fort Wayne mother pleads for witness to son’s homicide to come forward

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- A mother shares her pain as another year goes by without justice for her murdered son.

Christina Hogue and Fort Wayne detectives say to solve the case they need someone to come forward with what they know.

"Why did you take my son and why are you protecting whoever did it?" she asked.

Hogue says her 25-year-old son Justin Dawson was ambushed outside the Summit at Ridgewood Apartments near the Memorial Coliseum on August 28, 2020.

"Is anybody gonna ever pay? Am I gonna see justice for my child?" she wondered.

She says one of the hardest things for her is not knowing anything about that night beyond investigators telling her that Justin was shot "multiple times."

The victim's mother says detectives told her "quite a few people" were at the scene of the 2020 shooting that killed her son.

"I don't even know how many times 'multiple times' is. I don't know if he died instantly or if he was sitting there in pain crying for somebody. I don't know anything about his last moments," Hogue said.

She says detectives told her quite a few people were there at the time but that none of them have cooperated, leading to a dead end.

"There's not enough evidence. It's going to come down to somebody talking that was there. And unfortunately unless there's some money to be offered or reward which I don't have, nobody talks. Nobody will say anything. Nobody will tell me what happened to my child," she said.

She says she wants people to know the devastation that follows a homicide for loved ones left behind.

"I haven't worked in over a year, I'm on the point where I can barely pay anything because I can't go to work. I get scared when I'm outside. My life has not been the same. Not only did you take his life, you ruined mine. You've ruined my whole family's life by taking his," Hogue said.

She says she understands that evidence in her son's case may be circumstantial, but she desperately wants the prosecutor to take it to trial anyway.

"Right now, I'm never going to get any answers. That's the way I feel. I'm never going to get any answers," she said.

That's why she's pleading for someone, anyone, to share what they know.

"I'm still not whole, and I don't think I'll ever be," she said.

If you know anything about Justin Dawson's death, you can submit an anonymous tip two ways -- you can call Crime Stoppers at 436-7867 or you can use the phone app P3 Tips.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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