Chief Norwood declares justice in Jefferson's death

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond's police chief vowed tonight, that with the communities help, the person responsible for a murder near the Oakwood Cemetery will be brought to justice.

"Our detectives are out here, and we will be out here, and out in the streets looking for who did this," said Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood.

Chief Norwood spoke briefly to a crowd gathered to honor the life of Tyree Jefferson. Jefferson was found dead, after being shot, in the Oakwood Cemetery on Thursday. Moments after the discovery of Jefferson's body, a second murder victim was found just a few blocks away.

The twin shootings, so close together, have some neighbors concerned that violence in the area could return to what things were like when Richmond was one of the murder capitals of the east coast. The chief said, things aren't that bad, and they won't be any time soon.

"Statistically speaking, we are not. We've been trending down for years. And what is made us trend down, is community policing and that is what you see here tonight," said Norwood.

At this point no suspects have been identified in either shooting, but Chief Norwood said tonight that with the help of the community, they are investigating some very promising leads.

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