'I will not rest until I get justice for K’Von,' detective vows months after Petersburg boy killed

Kim Royall: 'Having the person caught that did it would give justice to my grandson'
K'Von Morgan
Posted at 3:34 PM, Sep 01, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-01 20:16:23-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Two and a half months after a 10-year-old boy was killed at a Petersburg apartment complex, the lead detective in the case is pleading for the public to come forward with tips.

K'Von Morgan was in his bedroom when he was hit by a stray bullet fired somewhere near his Pecan Acres home around 12:50 a.m. June 17, according to Petersburg Police.

Petersburg Police Senior Detective Kenny Mitchell said the case feels “very personal.”

“I have a 10-year-old son, and I couldn’t imagine getting a phone call or being awakened by cries and sorrow coming from a bedroom that my son has been shot,” Mitchell said.

K'Von Morgan
K'Von Morgan

When the unthinkable happened, Mitchell said K’Von and a friend were playing a video game when a bullet came through the wall of the family's apartment.

“Literally in his bedroom doing what a normal 10-year-old would do,” Mitchell said.

Police believe they know where the shooter was when the shot was fired.

“The bullet came from this area right here,” Mitchell explained. “Somewhere between the parking lot and or the grass.”

However, eleven weeks after K’Von's death, police have not made any arrests in the case.

Pecan Acres
Pecan Acres

Petersburg Police interviewed a family member on social media this week in hopes of generating leads.

“I am K’von Morgan’s grandmother.,” Kim Royall said. “He was murdered on June 17th.”

The family wants answers about why the “senseless act of violence” happened.

K’Von would have been starting fifth grade when students in Petersburg return to school Tuesday.

“The baby sister has never gotten on a school bus without her brother,” Royall said.

She is hoping someone will come forward with a tip that leads to an arrest.

“Having the person caught that did it would give justice to my grandson,” Royall said.

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Mitchell believes members of the community could help crack the case.

“People know what happened,” Mitchell said. “If just one person came forth and led me in the right direction.”

Petersburg Police Senior Detective Kenny Mitchell
Petersburg Police Senior Detective Kenny Mitchell

But even if that does not happen, Mitchell vowed to keep the case active.

“I will not stop and I will not rest until I get justice for K’Von,” he said.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Petersburg Police at 804-732-4222 or Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212 or text the keyword pdcash followed by the tip and send to 274637.

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


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