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Man charged with murder after attack at Broadway at the Beach, warrant states

Phillip David Guderyon. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Phillip David Guderyon. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Justin Hodges. Source: Facebook Justin Hodges. Source: Facebook

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A man was charged with murder after the man he allegedly attacked died from a traumatic head injury on Sunday, over a week after the attack occurred at a Broadway at the Beach bar and restaurant.

Justin Bradley Hodges, 25, was declared dead on October 25, as a result of a head injury he sustained on October 17 at about 12:34 a.m., allegedly during an unprovoked ambush-style attack by 32-year-old Phillip David Guderyon at Carlos n’ Charlie’s on Celebrity Circle, according to a SLED arrest warrant.

Hodges was transported to the hospital after the attack, and never gained full consciousness from the injury and was subsequently declared dead on Sunday, the warrant states.

Myrtle Beach Police conducted the investigation, with evidence including eyewitness interviews and videotaped footage of the incident. They learned Hodges was the victim of an “unprovoked ambush style attack,” in which Guderyon maliciously attacked Hodges without just cause or excuse.

Guderyon was arrested on October 19 and originally charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to jail records. On Thursday, he was charged with murder, the SLED warrant states.

The judge did not set a bond for Guderyon, Thursday. He will have to see the circuit court judge for the next steps in his case.

"If you are found guilty or convicted of that charge that could be punished by death or by mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for 30 years to life” Judge Scott Long said.

Justin Hodges was a father, son, and friend, and one glance at his Facebook page shows how many people loved him, and how much he will be missed.

People posting about his kindness:

"My heart is broken by the news. You were always a brother to me Justin and I am going to miss you like crazy. You had one of the biggest hearts out of any man I've ever known,” Lizzie Craft posted to Facebook.

Others remembering his friendship:

"He was that friend...never left your side...always had your back,” Ashley Henry posted.

All, mourning such a great loss:

"So sad to see such a great friend, coworker, and father leave us,” Jayme Conforti posted.

WMBF News reached out to Hodges family members but they asked to be left alone as they are going through a very tough time.

If you want to show your support, a memorial service will be held for Hodges at 3 pm on Saturday, October 31 at Grace Christian Fellowship, Little River, SC. 

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