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Grandfather killed in Henrico shooting: 'He was an amazing family man'

Posted at 5:29 PM, Oct 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-18 15:22:17-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Hassan Dixon Jr. wanted the world to know about his dad.

"He was an amazing family man," the 28-year-old son said. "One of the most important things he taught me is always to take care of family."

The Dixon family is in need of extra care these days.

They are mourning the untimely death of 51-year-old Hassan Dixon — a victim of gun violence.

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Dixon was shot and killed while in his car on Tuesday, October 12.

"[Dixon] was in a sedan and an adult male suspect arrived on a bicycle when the two engaged one another," an email from Henrico Police spokesperson Lt. Matt Pecka read. "During their interaction, shots were fired into the vehicle."

That was near the intersection of Parkview Avenue and E. Laburnum Avenue at about 7 p.m., according to Henrico Police. Dixon was able to drive about a mile to Carolina Avenue and Meadowbridge Road in Richmond where he died.

"He loved his family very, very much," his son said. "He was always big on family and wanted nothing but the best for us all. He taught me how to be a protector and provider for the family. He was a great man."

The grandfather of four lived in Colonial Heights where he worked in the HVAC business, but grew up in Richmond and spent his childhood in the West End, Northside, and Southside. He attended both George Wythe and Maggie Walker high schools, his brother Will Dixon shared.

"My brother was known as a gentle giant," Will Dixon said. "He loved his family."

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On Wednesday, Henrico Police arrested a man in Dixon's death.

Police were conducting patrols on Wednesday afternoon and identified the man caught on surveillance footage.

Patrol officers took the man into custody on Wednesday without incident.

Deontre L. Maryland, 25, of Richmond was transported to the Henrico County Sheriff's Office and held without bond. Maryland is charged with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and second-degree murder.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Rosser at 804-501-5247 or Crimestoppers at 804-780-1000.

The Dixon family established a GoFundMe to help ease the cost of a proper burial.

Henrico Homicides

Year# of Homicides
2021
202015
20197
201812
201725
201616
201512

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