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Parents plead for clues to help solve son’s murder: ‘Please give him justice’

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 07:06:03-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Terneil Rhodes was just 22 years old on September 8, 2011 when he was shot in the back and killed at a Petersburg Apartment Complex.

That day Terneil received a call to go to Jefferson South of the James Apartments. A few minutes after arriving there, he got into an altercation, police said.

"I was at home, it was my birthday, I received a phone call," his dad Chris Mallory said.

When his dad got to the apartment complex that afternoon, it was too late.

Terneil Rhodes

Terneil Rhodes

"I got there and I couldn't find him. By the time I got to him, they had him on a stretcher," Mallory said. "You could tell he wasn't there any more. I did like any parent and just lost it."

"Everybody says rest in peace but he's not in peace because he's not resting," Terneil's mother Felicia Mallory said.

Terneil Rhodes was a former Petersburg High School basketball stand out. At the time of his death he attended Virginia State University, taking one class to help raise his GPA so he could go to Norfolk State and play basketball.

Rhodes Parents

Chris and Felicia Mallory

The family has waited patiently as different detectives have tried to solve the case, a shooting with multiple witnesses who basically saw nothing.

"We interviewed several witnesses and came away with little information," Petersburg Police Captain Brian Braswell said.

"I need to know what happen. I need to know why. I just need answers," Felicia said.

Felicia has just one plea for those who know something.

"If he's truly your friend, give him that peace," she said. "Please give me justice. Please give him justice."

Petersburg Police ask anyone with information in this case to come forward and call Crime Solvers 804-861-1212.