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Man killed in Chesterfield neighborhood remembered as 'helpful, uplifting'

Posted at 3:34 PM, Feb 02, 2023

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett that two people have been arrested in the death of 24-year-old Jonathan O. Starks.

"At about 12:49 a.m., police responded to a report that a person had been shot in the 4800 block of Burnt Oak Drive," a Chesterfield Police spokesperson wrote in an email about the shooting at an apartment complex off Iron Bridge Road near Chippenham Parkway. "Starks, of the 4900 block of Burnt Oak Drive, was pronounced dead at the scene."

Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett that the homicide may have been domestic-related.

For the past two months, C.J. Washington has called Starks a colleague, both of them picking up shifts at the 7-Eleven on Broad Rock Boulevard on Richmond's southside.

"He was a very helpful person, uplifting. If someone was having a bad day, he'd always say a joke or two to make them laugh," Washington said.

The pair worked at the convenience store on Thursday afternoon. Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett that Starks got off work around 10 p.m.

Less than three hours later, he was dead, just a few hundred feet from his front door.

"It's time to stop the violence and put the guns down. Too many of our young Black men and fathers or anyone killing for no reason. I feel like if you're not meant to be together, you should separate and call it quits," Washington said.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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