Crime & Courts

Mother of 7-year-old killed at birthday party pleads for answers in unsolved case

Kevin Rodas wanted to be a doctor when he grew up.

Or maybe a firefighter. It seemed like the 7-year-old would have plenty of time to figure things out – but then, on Sept. 5, 2015, he was killed at a birthday party in southwest Charlotte.

His murder remains unsolved, and his mother, Maria Rodas Amaya, sobbed as she asked for anyone to come forward with information on Wednesday, two years and one day after Kevin died.

“Please, she’s begging, please come forward to say something to help her because they left quite a big empty space in her heart,” interpreter Dan Hernandez said as he spoke alongside Maria, who addressed reporters in Spanish. “Please help her put an end to this.”

Police have said several men opened fire on the birthday party, which was in the front yard of a house on Fieldvale Place, in a subdivision off Nations Ford Road. The shooters injured three other people in addition to killing Kevin, police said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Capt. Chris Dozier said more than 80 officers have spent hundreds of hours on the investigation.

“We’ve conducted search warrants, we have conducted canvasses of the neighborhood over and over again, we have interviewed and re-interviewed witnesses about what they know, what they may know that could help us,” he said.

Dozier said there’s a $15,000 reward for information in the case. He said police aren’t interested in the documentation status of people who come forward with information and urged people not to see immigration issues as a barrier to talking.

Anyone with information should call 704-334-1600.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester