Nothing can compensate a mother for the loss of her children, but West Sacramento residents turned out Thursday evening to show their support and let Mai Hodges know she was not alone in her grief.
An estimated 300 people gathered in the parking lot of Southport Elementary School to remember three young children, two of them students at the school, who were found dead in their home Wednesday night.
Their father, Robert Hodges, was arrested on suspicion of homicide and domestic violence. He allegedly had attacked the children’s mother, Mai Hodges, who called police and went outside, only to return to the apartment to find her children had been suffocated.
Photos of the three Hodges youngsters – 11-year-old Kelvin, 9-year-old Julie and 7-month-old Lucas – were set against the campus’s “Welcome to Southport Elementary School” sign, where a memorial had been created with balloons, teddy bears and votive candles. Wreathes for each of the children were fastened to a nearby fence.
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