Honestie Hodges

November 9, 2006

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November 22, 2020

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that I have to tell you that my beautiful, sassy, smart, loving granddaughter has gone home to be with Jesus.” -Alisa Niemeyer

From the New York Times:

Honestie Hodges, who was handcuffed by the police outside her home in Grand Rapids, Mich., when she was 11, a frightening incident that drew outrage and national headlines in 2017, died on Sunday. She was 14.

Her death, at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, was caused by Covid-19, her grandmother Alisa Niemeyer wrote in a post on the website GoFundMe.

Ms. Niemeyer had created the GoFundMe page to collect donations for her daughter, Whitney Hodges, who had had to stop working to care for Honestie and her four other children.

Ms. Niemeyer told WOOD-TV that Honestie had been “healthy and happy” with no underlying health issues.

“She could have been the vice president one day, or maybe the president,” Ms. Niemeyer said. “The world was open to her.”

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