Mom of 2018's first murder victim issues desperate plea for help

Rodriguez "Pooh" Anderson was fatally shot January 3.
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The mother of Indy's first homicide victim of the New Year is sending out a desperate plea to the public.

Eyewitness News spoke exclusively with Rochelle Anderson about her son's shooting death.

"Whoever did this, please tell me why you did this to my son," Rochelle Anderson said.

Anderson wants to know who opened fire on her son and why. IMPD homicide detectives say Rodriguez "Pooh" Anderson was shot multiple times on January 3.

They shared more than two dozen photographs shared by his family.

"He always liked to take pictures," said Anderson. "He has so many pictures on Facebook. I love Pooh with all my heart. That's my twin. I don't know what to do. I don't know what to do or where to turn."

Metro officers discovered Anderson dead in his car at East 36th and Schofield. They believe he was shot multiple times at another location, where the suspect fired at least 15 rounds.

Lead Detective Marcus Kennedy hopes to hear from people who may have heard multiple gunshots in their neighborhood on January 3. Kennedy believes since crime lab workers found more than a dozen bullet casings in Anderson's car, someone may have heard the shooting.

Anderson's mother spoke to him last on December 31, because he stayed busy holding down two jobs. Her son took pride in helping with bills and spending money on his siblings and extended family members.

"He went to work at CVS Warehouse and he was at CVS Warehouse for five months. He has been there on 16th Street for about a year. So yes, he has been working all his life," Rochelle said.

Family and friends held a vigil Thursday evening at Schofield and 36th in remembrance of Anderson. The memorial includes candles, balloons and teddy bears. The grieving mother says saying goodbye to Pooh has been rough. Especially since everyone always talked about how much they looked alike and they referred to each other as twins.

"I want my son back," said Anderson. "But he can't come back."

If you have any information that could help in this case call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.