UPDATE: Suspect in East End homicide turns himself in

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – An 18-year-old his dead, his mother's boyfriend now charged with murder. It happened around 11:30 Thursday night in Richmond's Fulton Hill neighborhood in the East End.

The suspect in this case, 51-year-old Andre Russell Harvin, was on the run all night, but turned himself in at police headquarters around 10:45 Friday morning. Police say this was a family argument that turned violent Thursday night.

The house on the corner on Euclid Avenue now has a history neighbors here would rather forget. Mae Cunningham has lived there for 40 years and says she's never seen anything like what happened last night.

"I don't like what goes on, what went on over there last night because this is my home and I intend to make it my home until I pass on. And I would rather have a peaceful neighborhood," said Cunningham.

Neighbor Albert Battle says the chaos started around 11:30 Thursday night.

"I heard this sound like someone was busting the door down. And I asked my wife 'you hear that?' She said 'yeah', so I cut the television down. At the time I cut the television down I heard about five shots ring out," Battle said.

18-year-old Jemeal Smith was already dead when police arrived. Investigators immediately began looking for Andre Russell Harvin. Neighbors say he was the boyfriend of Smith's mother.

"To us he seemed like he was really, really nice. He always communicated, he was always talking," said neighbor Josephine Easter.

"The guy was very nice, very pleasant; never a bad spoken word nothing. They've been living here maybe a couple of months," said Robin Jordan, neighbor.

Neighbors say the family moved in only about two months ago and there were five young children in the house. All five of them they say were home when this shooting happened.

"They were so traumatized about all this. They were just doing, 'My brother's dead. My brother's dead', so well all sit with them prayed with them," said Easter.

Again, Harvin turned himself over to police around 10:45 Friday morning. He is charged with murder. Police are still investigating.

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