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Richmond man’s death in near West End remains a mystery

Richmond man’s death in late March in near West End remains a mystery
Posted at 11:24 PM, May 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 08:46:09-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- While police classified Jaquan Atkins' March death a death investigation, the medical examiner ruled Atkins died by homicide.

Family members are now trying to find out who killed Atkins in his near West End home. His car sits in front of his sister's Henrico County home and remains a constant reminder of her brother's tragic death.

“No one can give us anything,” said Alicia Atkins. “No one knows if he was having problems with anyone. Everyone speaks highly of him."

It was early Sunday morning, March 21, and 30-year-old Atkins was sitting on a couch in the living room of a Snowden Lane home.

He was found shot to death, his body discovered by his cousin, who was also his roommate.

“No signs of forced entry,” his sister said. “He wasn't robbed. I mean, the jewelry he had was still there. He had valuables and nothing was taken so, it's definitely someone he knew and was possibly comfortable with."

Atkins grew up on Snowden Lane, just off Patterson Avenue and Willow Lawn Drive.

“It's just mind-blowing,” said Atkins. “We are still in shock. We are just trying to pick up the pieces."

Hours before his death, he had a video phone call with his niece, a young girl. Her aunt said she’s been asking often, “Why can't I talk to Uncle Jaquan?”

"He loved kids and everybody loved him,” said Atkins. “All the kids are still looking for him and it's hard for us to explain to them that he's never coming back."

That Snowden Lane is a one-way street may be a significant detail.

If you live in the area, and you heard or saw something suspicious back in late March, you are asked to contact the police.