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Chesterfield basketball star’s murder remains unsolved one year after death

Posted at 9:20 AM, May 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-11 09:20:17-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- One year after Chesterfield Community High School basketball star David Emmanuel-Sinclair Copeland was shot and killed outside a Chesterfield apartment complex, his killer has not yet been caught. Police highlighted Copeland's case in this week's Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program.

Copeland, 23, was one of two men shot along the 3300 block of Meadowdale Boulevard. Copeland, who lived on that block, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other man suffered a non-life threatening injury.

The shooting followed an altercation in the parking lot, according to police. Investigators never released additional details about the case.

David Emmanuel-Sinclair Copeland

Copeland was Chesterfield Community High School’s all-time leading scorer in basketball when he graduated in 2009, according to his former coach Toby Campbell. Campbell described Copeland as a caring person with a great sense of humor. Copeland went on to play basketball at Grambling State University.

David Emmanuel-Sinclair Copeland

"If you have information about any unsolved crime in, or fugitive wanted by, Chesterfield County or the city of Colonial Heights, you can submit an anonymous tip through Crime Solvers: by phone at 804-748-0660, through the internet at, or by text, texting “WATSON” plus your tip to CRIMES (274637)," police said. "If your tip helps law enforcement, you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000."