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Homicide investigation underway after Goochland man found dead on kitchen floor

Posted at 10:02 AM, Mar 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-03 19:13:21-05

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. -- Goochland County Sheriff's Deputies continued their search for clues after a man was discovered dead on his kitchen floor. Goochland Sheriff James Agnew said Alvin Lynn Brooking's death was being investigated as a homicide. A family member called deputies after finding the 62-year-old man's body in the kitchen of his Sandy Hook home about 11 a.m. Monday; detectives believe he may have been murdered the night before.

Investigators said there were no signs of forced entry, and Brooking likely knew his killer. He was found in a pool of blood a family member said, and there were signs of a struggle.

"Deputies remained on scene for much of the day searching for clues," Sheriff Agnew said. "Brooking’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s office in Richmond for autopsy."

It didn't take long for word to spread throughout the community.

"He's a very nice man," said Arettia Jackson, who saw Brooking at least weekly, at the Wood's Sandy Hook Convenience Store. "He used to plow snow for everybody, and he was always good to give a helping hand."

Brooking lived along the 3500 block of Whitehall Road, near Route 522. He was living in his second home, with the other one about a mile away.

"There's a lot to do, particularly when we don't have a firm suspect in mind," said Goochland Sheriff James Agnew. "There are still a lot of people that we need to talk to."

"I hope they catch whoever it is," Jackson said.

Anyone with information about Brooking's death was asked to call Goochland Sheriff's Lieutenant Chuck Henley at 804-556-5349 or Richmond Metro Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

This is a developing story.