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Henrico family remembers young model killed during attempted robbery

"He was so loved and we miss him."
Posted at 5:50 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 17:53:30-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Henrico County family is mourning the loss of a young man after he was shot and killed in Virginia Beach early Monday morning.

Richard Anderson, also known as RJ, was murdered in a parking lot during an attempted robbery.

"If I could change that day... I would. If I could bring him back I would. Because he was so loved and we miss him." said grandmother Pam Johnson.

Family members say Anderson just wanted to take care of his family.

His modeling career was already underway.

The young Henrico man had a vision to be vibrant.

"He was a child that had swag. His swag was 1000. When he put his clothes on... His presence made a statement without him having to say anything," Johnson said.

Anderson was shot to death near the Chinese Cultural Center in Virginia Beach early Monday Morning.

His mom, Tan Mosby, says police believe it was an attempted robbery and even more traumatizing, he was on Facetime with his girlfriend when the shots rang out.

"He was unique. He was love. He was free spirited. He was humble and he was love in itself. In every aspect of his life, he lived that way," said Mosby.

Flanked by family and friends, Mosby says it's the only way they'll get through the immeasurable grief.

Right now, their hearts are broken and will only begin to heal once his killer is captured.

Johnson prays that her grandson's killer will turn themselves in.

"I have to forgive you because of who I am in God. I have to forgive you. And I will say that his parents or their parents raised their child to be a murderer. So, really you have two families suffering," she added.

Family and friends are gathering Friday evening on the football field at Armstrong High School to remember a life cut tragically short.