ODU student from Chesterfield dies after being shot at house party

Posted at 10:38 PM, Apr 24, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Darren Campbell, a 20-year-old Chesterfield native attending Old Dominion University, has died from his injuries after being shot at a house party in Virginia Beach early Sunday morning.

Officers were dispatched to 409 Hill Meadow Drive in the Oceana Gardens section of the city twice Saturday night and then again on Sunday morning, WTKR reports.

They initially responded to a report of a dispute and gunshots at a large party being held at a home that had been rented for the weekend.

At that time, police said no one was injured and that there was no evidence that shots had been fired.

However, a just a few hours later at 2:27 a.m., police were called back to the home for a shots fired call. This time they found Darren Campbell suffering from a gunshot wound.

He was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Darren Campbell

Darren Campbell

ODU Vice President Ellen Neufeldt sent the following statement to all students Sunday:

"It is with great sadness that I inform you of the tragic loss of a fellow Monarch. Darren Campbell, 20, passed away April 24, 2016. Virginia Beach Police informed University officials that Darren was the victim of a gunshot while attending a gathering at a Virginia Beach residence. He was a junior marketing major from Chesterfield, Virginia.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Darren’s family. I know that you join me and the rest of the Monarch community in extending to Darren’s family and friends our most sincere condolences during this difficult time.

Old Dominion’s Counseling Center is available to students, faculty, and staff who are having difficulty. You may make an appointment at the Counseling Center by calling 757-683-4401.”

Officials said the case remains under investigation by the Virginia Beach Homicide Unit.

Police are urging anyone with information to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 757-427-0000.

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