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Teenagers found dead on train tracks; Hopewell Police launch homicide investigation

Posted at 9:26 AM, Jun 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-25 23:54:47-04

HOPEWELL, Va. -- Two teenagers were found dead on the railroad tracks in Hopewell, Virginia on Friday night, according to Hopewell Police.

The teenagers, identified by police as 18-year-old Jasir Culver, of Petersburg, and 14-year-old Micah Coles, of Hopewell, had been shot.

"On Friday, June 24, 2022, around 10:27 p.m. officers responded to the area of Elm St. and Arlington Rd in reference to shots fired. Upon arrival officers located two male subjects lying on the railroad tracks suffering from several gunshot wounds. Both victims were pronounced deceased," Hopewell Police Lt. Jacquita Allen wrote in an email. "Members of the Hopewell Police Department Criminal Investigation Unit have initiated an investigation into this incident."

Police later said two 15 year olds were shot in the same incident.

"Both juveniles were transported to local hospitals and are expected to make a full recovery," Allen said.

People who live nearby said it sounded like a party in the 400 block of South 21st Avenue.

One neighbor told Crime Insider Jon Burkett they saw the two teens run towards the railroad tracks right behind the apartment complex.

Another man said he heard at least 9 shots ring out.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Hopewell Criminal Investigations Unit at 804-541-2284 or the Hopewell Prince George Crime Solvers hotline at 804-541-2202.

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

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