Family offers reward to solve son's death

William Ennis III
William Ennis III

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Family and friends gathered this weekend to remember an Ashland man murdered at a busy Richmond intersection.

But his killers are still on the loose.

William Ennis III was shot exactly one week ago at Belvidere and Marshall Streets near VCU.

Now many who live nearby are questioning their safety.

Police still haven't named any suspects in this case.

But Billy's father says his family is in the process of raising an additional two to $10 thousand as reward for any information leading to the arrest of his son's killers.

Consider how many times have you driven down Belvidere Street near Jackson Ward?

Consider how many times have you walked the sidewalks of VCU near Broad and Belvidere?

For Rogers Elam Jr. and many other Richmonders, the answer is thousands.

"That's the direction we take on a daily basis," he said.

But Elam had never heard anything like the scene that unfolded around 10:00 last Sunday night.

That's when police say 29-year old William Ennis III was driving down Belvidere Street to the interstate when bullets shattered his car and killed him.

"It was like, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow," he said. "I was like, oh my! what is going on?"

Detectives say Ennis was not the intended target of that gunfire.

He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It's that piece of information many people around here tell us they can't get out of their heads.

"It's very scary because you think, it could have been my little brother, that could have been me taking out the trash or me going to Rite Aid or, you know, just walking around," said nearby resident Taylor Woodbury. "It could have been anybody and that's very scary."

Woodbury is trying to be realistic but he says that's not always easy, especially when he remembers that night.

"Most likely think, nine times out of ten, that probably will not happen again but it's just scary to think about it," he said. "So I mean you take more caution."

Originally, police only had vague descriptions of three men running from the scene.

Tips coming in from the public are giving them a better idea of who they're looking for.

The first two suspects are described as black males between 18 and 25-years-old, both about 5'9''.

The third is also a black male, about 5'11''.

Call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 with any tips.

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