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VCU student was gunned down while taking out trash

Posted at 11:52 PM, Apr 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-07 18:35:55-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- 20-year-old Virginia Commonwealth University student, Cody Woodson, was taking out his trash Monday night when he was gunned down in front of a home on Gilmer Street, Crime Insider sources said.

This horrific act happened in the same location where a 17-year-old was killed less than 24 hours prior.

"We are looking at all aspects of the case and if there's a connection," said Richmond Chief of Police, Gerald Smith.

Crime Insider sources said major crimes detectives are steering towards a justifiable homicide in regards to Sunday's shooting -- adding the teen was killed after an aggression towards a young adult that lived on Gilmer Street.

Police think there may have been a drug nexus to that case.

Woodson was described by his mom as an unselfish, giving soul. A Buckingham County native, his mother said he was always smiling and wanting to help others.

She said Woodson moved to Richmond in hopes to finish up a college degree he started in Southside Virginia.

An online fundraiser has been created to help Woodson's family.

The death of these two young men bringing fear to some of those that live in the area. "For individuals that own homes here, it's kind of nerve-racking," said neighborhood resident Ronald Abernathy.

Abernathy has lived in the Carver community for almost five decades, he said even when the drug wars were heated in the 80s, they never saw anything like this.

"In the 80's there were desolated places. People are now moving back in and fixing things up, but this stuff going on now...I've never seen it before," said Abernathy.

With the help of VCU Police, Smith has pledged more patrols in the area in the near future. Richmond Police are asking those that live in the area to report anything suspicious.

"Because they happened on the heels of each other, one day after the other at the same block, it gives us great concern," added Smith

Police said no arrests have been made, but sources said the shooter from Sunday was detained, however they have not been charged.

If you have information that could help detectives, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit a tip online at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smart phones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.