Teen killed in Richmond shooting was Virginia Union-bound, family says

Posted at 9:21 PM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-06 23:22:33-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Hundreds of people gathered Sunday to remember a Richmond teenager killed in a shooting near a vacant Northside movie theater last week.

Richmond police said 18-year-old James Moorehead was shot Wednesday afternoon on West Brookland Park Boulevard. He died later that night at an area hospital.

Friends and family gathered Sunday afternoon where Moorehead was shot.

Family members said the high school graduate was Virginia Union University-bound loved sports and music.

Moorehead's godfather delivered a message from the victim's mother at the vigil.

"If you really carry my son's legacy, when you leave this block, you go and do what you are supposed to do,” Travis Wilkins said. “Whether it's school, whether it's trade school, whether it's fix a beef with somebody in the streets -- because just like another parent has to do this, another will have to do it again.”

Police arrested 19-year-old Kelvontae Davis, who was also shot, in connection to Moorehead's killing.

Davis was charged with voluntary manslaughter.

The pain still fresh, but on Sunday, Moorehead's family lift a prayer not for themselves, but for everyone attending the vigil.

"If there is anyone under the sound of my voice that has a beef with anybody on the block, father I pray that in the honor of my son that you allow them to fix it,” Wilkins said. "Father, my prayer is this, that you begin to shape this city: bring an end to the violence, bring an end to the rage, bring an end to the anger -- and God, I trust you."

If you have information that could help detectives, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit a tip online at The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smart phones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.



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