Retired Henrico detective's murdered son laid to rest

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Final respects paid Saturday to Robert Hewlett III.

The son of a retired Henrico homicide detective, Hewlett was taken away by the kind of violence his father lived to prevent.

Not a spot open in the parking lot or on the street as hundreds of mourners filled the chapel at March Funeral Home.

We're told it was standing room only as people came in droves to show respect for the life and family of Hewlett.

He was gunned down early Wednesday morning, killed after being hit by multiple gunshots to the chest.

"We've always stayed in contact," said mourner Laverne Courtney.

Courtney already had a bond with Hewlett's detective father.

He investigated her son's murder 10 years ago.

That bond got tighter, the understanding painfully more clear, this week.

"I'm just here today to support him and his family because today the shoe is on the other foot," she said.

Hewlett was shot in the Hallwood Farms neighborhood in eastern Henrico.

18-year-old Deshawn Jackson has been arrested and charged with the killing.

He appeared by video at his arraignment Friday morning.

Meanwhile, mourners told NBC12 they hope this shooting will open the eyes of what they called a "troubled generation" and interrupt a cycle of violence.

"When you lose a loved one, especially a child, it just seems like it's physically puts a hole in your heart. That's something only time can heal," said family friend Laverne Courtney.

Suspected shooter, Deshawn Jackson, will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on January 21st.

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