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Boy, 14, charged with murdering Richmond high school student

Posted at 1:45 PM, Apr 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-27 13:12:49-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A 14-year-old boy was charged with murder in the April 8 shooting death of 15-year-old Jaywan Riley.

The suspected shooter, whose name has not been released due to his age, was also charged with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Riley was killed April 8 at about 4:46 p.m. along the 2300 block of Afton Avenue in South Richmond.

“I lost my first love, my firstborn, best friend,” Jaywan's mother Toneca Riley said days after her son's death. “He grew up with me. He’s always been my hero, my protector.”

Jaywan Riley
Jaywan and Toneca Riley

She said she believed her son died protecting his girlfriend from what she called an abusive situation.

“All I can hear my baby saying is, he wanted to protect her,” she said. “He wanted to help her. He was very emotional. He was very hurt.”

Police have not yet commented on the details that led to the shooting.

"He was everything to us and he means everything to me," his mom said.

Jaywan Riley
"A happy family"
"We had family pictures this day and it was a certain way he wanted to be for the picture," Toneca Riley said, remembering her 15-year-old son, Jaywan.

Jaywan Riley was a freshman at George Wythe High School.

Anyone with information was asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Larry at (804) 646-5896 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.