Police scour Chesterfield neighborhood for clues in 7-year-old’s death

Posted at 11:01 PM, Jul 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-15 06:24:40-04

RICHMOND. Va (WTVR)-  On the day little Brendon was buried, Chesterfield police and federal agents hit the streets around Sunday Park in Brandermill.

People living there say it's a welcome sight.  "It was so random, so senseless, so pointless," said Lora Williams, who lives nearby.

It's the sentiment of many that live around the Brandermill park.  It's why they're pleased to see police and federal agents pounding the pavement.

"So heartbreaking.  It could've been anyone of our children,” said Williams.  “We go to church over there; my family and I walk to Sunday Park."

7-year-old rising third grader Brendon Mackey was struck and killed by a bullet.  Police believe it came from someone shooting Fourth of July celebratory gunfire in the air.  The person who pulled the trigger has not been caught.

"It’s definitely not OK for someone to be so irresponsible and get away with it," said Elizabeth Boone.  "Definitely a generation of people who feel they don't need to take responsibility for their actions.  And it's up to us to make sure they take ownership of what they do."

Police tell CBS-6 Friday’s canvas was just another wave of manpower they're putting into the investigation.  So far they've determined what type of guns could've fired the .40 caliber bullet.

They are hoping to have more soon on the trajectory and exact distance the bullet traveled.

None of it, of course, can bring back Brendon, who was laid to rest Friday afternoon.

"We want to thank everyone for their support and reaching out,” said Brendon’s father, Bryan Mackey.  “I can't say enough how much it means to me and my family."

Police say they canvassed Old Fox Trail, Poplar Creek West, Pebble Creek Road, and Heatherbrook Road Friday and plan to return to several different areas next week.