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Parents grieving son murdered in Richmond: 'please help us find his killer'

Posted at 11:40 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 23:58:46-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Two California parents are grieving after their son was shot and killed over the weekend in Richmond. They're now asking for help from the public to catch who it did it.

It was an early Sunday morning phone call Daniel Poore and his wife will never forget.

"We were woken in the middle of the night California time, hysterical crying from my wife that her son was murdered," Daniel Poore said.

Their son, Marcio Justino, had been shot inside his home Sunday night, along West Clopton Street and collapsed outside.

Police say he was pronounced dead on the scene.

His parents were left speechless.

"I'm devastated. I have to bury my son tomorrow. I have no words," Claudia Poore said.

His mother now reflects on the last long-distance phone call she had with her son.

"Saturday we talked for two hours and a half. We usually used to talk this much, maybe three times a week," she said.

The two described Justino as a cheerful, devoted Christian, who never hesitated to lend a hand.

"He was there to give moral support, to pray with friends, people," Daniel said. "He would invite people over who were having issues or a hard time."

His parents want the community's help in finding her son's killer and are offering a $2,000 reward.

"Please, we're all from the same body. We're children of God. Marcio as a child of God, please help us find his killer to prevent them from killing somebody else," Daniel said.

"Who killed my son, killed me too, killed my soul," Claudia said.

Richmond Crime Stoppers have also put up a reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information about the incident urged to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. Both Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.