Vigil held for Springfield man beaten to death

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – A vigil was held Monday night for a Springfield man brutally beaten to death.

38 year old Josh Hise and his fiance were both jumped outside a friend’s apartment last week.

No arrests have been made in the case, but family says they are determined to get justice.

“I’m waiting to wake up from this horrible dream Because josh was my whole word,” said Hise’s fiance, Kimberly Nath.

Josh Hise was killed less than a week ago after he and his fiancé Kimberly Nath were attacked outside of a friend’s apartment on Vester Avenue in Springfield.

“I wish that things could have been different. Ya know. We had an opportunity to go somewhere else and we didn’t do that. We chose to come see these friends and I regret that. And I’ll regret that the rest of my life,” said Nath.

Nath, still recovering from the physical and emotional pain.

“He was everything to me. He was absolutely everything to me and my heart is broken.  It hurts so bad that it physically hurts. That he’s gone,” said Nath.

Monday night, family and friends gathered to remember the man they loved and publicly show that justice will be sought.

“He did not deserve the way that he died. No one deserves that. No one deserves to be hit in their head with so much force that they die,” Nath said, “He’s gone and I’m not sure how I’m going to pick up the pieces from that.”

Family said Hise did not have life insurance so a fund has been set up at area US Banks. Family has also set up a gofundme page.

Hise was described as a caring, helpful man and family said that characteristic held true until the end. Hise was an organ donor and gave life to four people. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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