GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is seeking community information to help solve a homicide that happened three years ago in Grand Junction.

“It’s been three years,” said Wendy Likes, with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, “His parents are still struggling.”

On September 20, 2020, MCSO Deputies responded to reports of a shooting at a house party in the 3100 block of Orson Avenue. 911 callers reported laying on the ground bleeding from gunshot wounds.

Deputies witnessed several vehicles driving away from the house and people running away as they arrived at the scene. Deputies found 20-year-old Hugo Rodriguez with a life-threatening gunshot wound to the head and took him to the hospital.

Rodriguez died several months later from complications from the gunshot wound.

Investigators believe witnesses saw what happened and are asking those who saw the person who shot Hugo Rodriguez to “do what is right and come forward to help solve this case.”

We’ve talked to a lot of people who saw something but didn’t see the actual shooting. We know there are people out there who saw the actual shooting and the shooter, but won’t come forward because they’re afraid or it’s someone they know.

Wendy Likes, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office


Michael Logerwell, Reporter: “What would you tell someone who might know something but is scared to come forward?”

Wendy Likes, MCSO: “I would tell them you need to be able to get up and look at yourself in the mirror every day and know that you did the right thing. His family is struggling, his parents are very sad, [and] his relatives are very sad.”

Officials are asking anyone with information about the incident to call MCSO Investigator Lissah Norcross at (970) 244-3252 or submit a tip online at the MSCO CRIMEWATCH website or through the Crime Stoppers of Mesa County.