Teen arrested after the shooting death of 16-year-old Morristown girl

Dalton Mitchell Hodges (Hamblen County Sheriff's Office)

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WATE) – A 19 year old man has been arrested and charged with second degree murder after a 16 year old Morristown girl was found dead with a gunshot wound to her head Friday night, according to the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office.

Hamblen County deputies responded to the shooting inside Cherokee Park at 3045 Floyd Hall Drive and say 911 dispatchers advised them that Dalton Mitchell Hodges, 19, was the shooter.

Officers found Hodges at a nearby park where he was taken into custody without incident.

According to the crime report, the victim was found inside the suspect’s Toyota Camry with a gunshot wound to her head. She was transported to UT Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased.

Investigators believe Hodges and the victim knew each other and had “an on and off relationship.” Hodges is currently being held without bond.

One teen in particular is feeling the loss of more than just a community member, but a best friend. Hannah Campbell, a sophomore from Morristown-Hamblen High School East called the victim more like “her sister”. When asked to describe her friend, Campbell said,  “She’s lovable, she’s kind, she’s really smart.”

Campbell said some of her favorite memories with her best friend were talking about boys, gossip, school and going to the mall.

“We always played tricks on the boys a lot and we always went window shopping.” said Campbell.

Campbell’s mother, Rebecka Key-Campbell, was also aware of the close friendship between the two. She said,“They talked 24/7. She got off the bus and that was the first person she would call.”

Campbell said she still plans to attend school on Monday, reaching out to friends for support.

***Elizabeth Longmire contributed to this post. 

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