Richmond police solve 15 of the 20 homicides this year

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police have had breakthroughs in all but five of the city's 20 homicides this year.

Detectives cracked the latest case with Thursday night's arrest of 21-year-old Kevin Cunningham in the April murder of Jeremy Uzzle near the Have A Nice Day Cafe in Shockoe Bottom.

But there's still a lot of work to clear the rest including a double murder nearly six months ago.

You never know what people might share.  But Richmond police Captain Steve Drew says it could be the piece of the puzzle that closes a case.

"The solvability factor goes up so much higher when the community is behind us and supports us," said Captain Drew.

So far this year, Richmond has seen 20 murders compared to 26 the same time last year.

Captain Drew says in the Shockoe Bottom shooting death of Jeremy Uzzle, the community simply had enough and helped bring a suspect to justice.

"The business leaders in that community from anything like, 'we have some information come look at the camera surveillance we have to the citizens that were there that night,'"said Captain Drew.

But five cases remain unsolved including the murders of Angela Moore and her boyfriend Tracy O'Neal Scott.

The couple was found dead in January, both of gunshot wounds to the head, inside Scott's car at a south Richmond apartment complex. 

"That's a case that detectives are working very hard on, from the beginning of the year, we're going to close that case. But there's some information that some key people have out there and need to come forward," said Captain Drew.

Captain Drew says things speed up when the community shares details, no matter how small.

He hopes that will be the case in the remaining five homicides.

"We're going to protect them. Their identity is going to be secure, that piece of information could be the piece we're looking for," said Captain Drew.

If you have information on any case that could help detectives, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. You don't have to give your name or address.

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