With a chunk of cash and a ticket for a 7:45 a.m. flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage, 19-year-old Davon Dodge was ready for a fresh start. 

Less than 48 hours after his plane touched down in Alaska's largest city, the teen was dead.


Anchorage police say Davon Dodge, 19, was killed in a Dec. 9, 2018 shooting that involved a gun deal gone bad. (Courtesy Dodge family)

Anchorage police responded to a report of shots fired in the 2800 block of West 29th Avenue Sunday.

On the scene, officers with APD's patrol division found two men shot inside a truck that was parked in the street. They were pronounced dead at the scene. 

On Monday, officials said they met inside of a truck to discuss the sale of a gun. At some point, they got into an argument, which led to the shooting.

In a news release sent out on Tuesday, APD identified Dodge as one of the deceased individuals, along with 19-year-old Daniel Bender Jr.  

Davon lived with his grandparents up until he was 15, according to his grandfather, Doug Dodge. 

"He left with some money to start with his girlfriend, with a new apartment and stuff, and they were working on that," Doug Dodge said. "He left the apartment and went outside and ended up talking to somebody in a truck and it cost him his life. That’s all I know at this point." 

Doug said he is aware of Anchorage's crime rates, and was worried about Davon's safety.

"I couldn’t rest all day Saturday. I was really worried," Doug Dodge said. "Very... had a very bad feeling and this is just... it just culminated in this on Sunday night. [...] Whatever happened when he got into Anchorage, he got sucked into something bad really fast." 

With few details made public about the ongoing investigation, Doug wonders if he'll ever know what happened, but believes Davon would not have gone looking for trouble. He said Davon was robbed of some of the cash he had brought with him to go towards a new apartment, and might have been trying to defend himself. 

"I think he’s a victim," Doug said, "Even though it may appear differently, I think he was a victim. And he may have been lucky enough to take the guy out who took him out."

Doug and his wife spent time Tuesday looking through photos of Davon. Doug describes him as a "good kid" who was loved by many. 

Doug said knowing both young men were 19 adds to the tragedy. 

"It’s like there’s no value in life anymore. It’s crazy. It’s a sign of where society is and it's a sad thing." 

KTVA attempted to reach Bender's family members for comment. 

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