RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Two men are shot and killed, their bodies found less than a block apart in Richmond's east end. Police say it appears the crimes are not related. The body of one victim was found at a cemetery.
Oakwood Cemetery is a place where people come to visit loved ones who've passed on. Visitors were shocked to find police here this morning - investigating a homicide.
Bernadette Johnson is here often. She says her heart sank when she saw a crime scene. Police say just before ten o'clock this morning the body of 39 year-old Tyree Jefferson was found in Oakwood Cemetery. He had been shot.
"Now my day is a little heavier because somebody has a loved one and somebody else is in trouble," said Johnson.
Sylvia Redd says the victim is her nephew.
"They shot him in the back," she said.
Redd says Tyree left home yesterday to play basketball and never returned.
"We want to know who did it because he has never hurt anybody. Good people," said Redd.
As police cleared the scene here, they got another call of a man shot. The location was less than a block away from the cemetery at the Eastlawn Shopping Center in the 1800 block of Creighton Road. The second shooting victim died at VCU Medical Center.
Police say it appears the crimes are not related. Community members call the incidents heartbreaking.
"It's terrible. They need to stop it. We need to learn to live together and get along," said Ronald Smith.
"Things like this happen for no reason at all. That's what makes it sad to me," said Robert Hines.
Ken Hou works at Chinese restaurant in the same plaza where the second shooting unfolded.
He says two homicides hours apart in the same area is horrifying.
"Scary. It seems we need more security around this area," said Ken Hou.
For now, there are more questions than answers about both crimes. Perhaps most importantly, who's responsible and why. The identity of the second victim has not been released by police just yet. Anyone with information on either crime should call Richmond police.