Police: 17-year-old found shot to death between apartment buildings

Police: 17-year-old found shot to death between apartment buildings

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Police Department says a 17-year-old was found shot to death Sunday night in between apartment buildings in the 1900 block of Raven Street.

Police say an officer patrolling the area was told of a body lying between buildings.

The teen, Yishawn “Yaya” Robinson, was pronounced dead on the scene from an apparent gunshot wound.

"It’s a little boy on the ground dead right there man,” a man is heard saying on a Facebook Live video.

The video captured the terrifying moments Sunday night, including the a woman screaming and a crowd of stunned onlookers.

One day after the crime, Richmond Police’s Command Unit remained on the scene. They’re working to find any clue that will help find a killer.

For Coach George Johnson, this is unbearable.

"You don’t know these kids until you’re with them in your car, carrying them home, talking light, eating with them,” Johnson said.

Johnson coached Robinson as he played sports for the Battery Park Vikings for years.

“I used to tell him ‘man, Yaya, you can be anything you want.’ He said, 'coach, man. I just want to live to play ball’,” Johnson said.

Two hours earlier, officers located a 17-year-old male suffering from a graze wound. He was transported to the hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injury.

Police believe the shootings are related.

"I just wish some kind of way we could kept him close to us,” said another Vikings Coach, Jermaine O’neil.

As the Battery Park sports community comes to terms with Robinson’s death, they’ll forever cling to a special moment when the teen helped his team win the city-wide championship.

“[The team] was down by three…He kept telling us, ‘we’re not gonna lose.’ Ten seconds left against the Southside Ducks, he came down, got the ball in, shot a three and got fouled on a play and then hit the free throw. It was a four-point play with two seconds. Ever since then, I called him ‘Yaya the Great,’” O’neil said.

"This one [is going to] really hurt,” Johnson said fighting tears.

Police have not released any information about a potential suspect and have not said what led to the shootings.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

A body was found in the 1900 block of Raven Street two hours after a shooting in the area.
A body was found in the 1900 block of Raven Street two hours after a shooting in the area. ((Source: NBC12))

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