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Police hope video will help solve 2014 murder of Chesterfield basketball star

Posted at 11:27 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 11:36:42-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – Chesterfield County Police released a video highlighting the unsolved murder of a Chesterfield County basketball star, who was shot and killed six years ago Friday.

Chesterfield Community High School basketball star David Emmanuel-Sinclair Copeland was shot and killed outside a Chesterfield apartment complex on May 15, 2014.

The 23-year-old was Chesterfield Community High School’s all-time leading scorer in basketball when he graduated in 2009 and went on to play basketball at Grambling State University.

Copeland was one of two men shot along the 3300 block of Meadowdale Boulevard. Copeland, who lived on that block, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other man suffered a non-life threatening injury.

Six years later, his killer has not yet been caught.

In recent months, Chesterfield County Police has worked with members of the Copeland family and others to produce a roughly 13-minute video exploring the case.

"We hope this video will draw attention to David's case and generate the information we need to solve it," said Capt. Jay Thornton, commander of the Criminal Investigations Division. "We would encourage anyone with information, even if it seems insignificant, to reach out to us."

The video, titled "Chesterfield Unsolved," includes interviews, archival footage, reenactments and information about an additional $2,500 reward for information being offered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

“We know that there’s people that know what happened. David deserved better,” said David’s father, Derrick Copeland Sr. “He was so much to the community and we know there’s people that say they love him and they have information about what happened that night. They’re either scared or they are afraid or they just don’t want to be involved. We are asking for their help. Police officers are asking for their help. The community is asking for their help.”

Anyone with information about David Copeland’s murder should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department's Unsolved/Major Investigations Group at 804-717-6024; the ATF at 1-888-ATFTIPS (1-888-283-8477) or atftips@atf.gov; or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.