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'Big Teddy Bear' killed at Virginia New Year's Eve party

Posted at 5:27 PM, Jan 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-03 18:02:45-05

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. — Police continue to investigate the shooting deaths of two young men who were killed at a New Year's Eve bonfire in Prince George County, Virginia.

Police were called to the 8600 block of Ellis Road in Spring Grove just after midnight on January 1, 2022. There they found 20-year-old Tramaz Tynes, of Surry County, Virginia, and 22-year-old Devon Clanton, of Dinwiddie County, Virginia. Both men would die from their gunshot wounds.

"We believe there were 300 people plus [at the party]," Prince George Police spokesperson Alexis Grochmal said. "We really need the public's help in this situation. I mean with the amount of people that were there, we are confident someone saw something."

Chris Brown coached Tynes in high school and his son Xavier was a friend of the shooting victim.

"I cried. That's one of my brothers," Xavier said. "I love everything about him, he's very competitive."

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Coach Chris Brown said losing Tynes was like losing a son.

"He is a big Teddy Bear. He's a big kid in stature, he's a really big kid, but he's a big Teddy Bear and he was just a fun guy, fun kid," he said. "It's just another tragedy."

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Anyone with information, photos, or video from the New Year's Eve bonfire party was asked to call Prince George Police Crime Solvers at 804-733-2773.

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