Father of six killed along Richmond Highway

Richmond Police identify victim of shooting along Richmond Highway
Posted at 8:16 PM, Sep 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-22 23:48:28-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police have identified the victim in Tuesday's shooting along Richmond Highway.

The victim has been identified as Eric Powell, 39, of Richmond.

On Tuesday around 4:26 a.m., Richmond Police were called to the 1200 block of Richmond Highway for the report of a person shot. Officers arrived and found Powell suffering from a gunshot wound.

He was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

The father of six was killed just four blocks from his house.

In his 65 years of life, Eric's father has never so much as gotten a speeding ticket.

"I don't want to show my face because I fear my family may be hurt," he said.

The grief he feels is heavy, saying that his son didn't deserve to die the way he did. Eric was shot in the back on Richmond Highway next to a 7-11 and a laundromat.

"Never would I believe this in a thousand years, man,” Eric's father said. “I'm a person that prays every day and night, man. I try to talk to people about the word and righteous living by loving their brother like they love themselves. If you don't want anything done to your family, don't do it to others.”

Eric's children are between the ages of four and 21.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Mansfield at (804) 646-6996 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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