"We are obviously concerned and saddened by what has happened," she said. "With the alarming number of incidents that have taken place in the area, they have made a lot of us look at the things we do differently and take safety precautions."
With the recent beatings and muggings in the downtown area, the Lifeway Center has moved their curfew up to ensure residents are inside before it gets too late, Alston said.
Both shelters have a cutoff time, when they will no longer allow someone inside, Hodges said. The night of the stabbing, the Union Mission Crossroads Shelter's cutoff was 7 p.m., but Hodges was unsure what time the Giltinan Center stopped accepting men for the evening.
Regardless, Hodges said neither shelter allows anyone in that has been drinking, which he says Doctor had been doing the night of the stabbing.
Currently, police do not have a picture of Woodson, but Hodges said he is a black male, who is 5-feet-10-inches tall and about 190 pounds.
Alston said Doctor losing his life was "very sad. No matter who it is, it's somebody who is very important to someone. There is a family connection there no matter who it is.
"These men can come and go one time or come and go multiple times, but no matter what, the men that have gone through our program are our family."
The only thing left to do now is be strong, she said. "We have to continue to strive for it to be safer in our community."
Anyone with information about the stabbing or the location of Woodson is asked to call the Charleston Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.Reach Kathryn Gregory at kathr...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5119.