Richmond police following leads after early morning murder

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Richmond police are looking for answers in a morning murder. A man was found dead on a front lawn in the City's East End. The victim was found around 4:00 Friday morning on the 1300 block of Garber Street. At this hour, police tell us they are following some leads in the case.

Someone saw the victim, Marcel Lamar Davidson, in the front yard, and called police. That was around 4:00 a.m. Davidson, 20, of the 1800 block of Thomas Street, was pronounced dead at the scene. But hours earlier, several people who live in this neighborhood say they heard loud gunshots.

"It was like 7 or 8 shots. Bam, bam, bam, bam, bam," said neighbor Vincent Harris.

In fact, Harris' kids were playing ball around 11:15 Thursday night, on their backyard court when the gunshots rang out.

"I ran around to find my baby boy and oldest son, and they were in the front of the house just scared to death," said Harris.

Richmond PD confirmed they were in the neighborhood around 11:00 Thursday night, for reports of gun shots. But the victim was not found for another 5 hours in front of someone else's home.

Friday morning investigators were down on the other end of the street, collecting evidence. They say several cars were shot up. So far, this community is proving to be a big help to investigators.

"We have got some good information from people who live in this area and together we are going to get through this and solve this crime," said Richmond Police Department Capt. Steve Drew.

That involves canvassing this neighborhood more than once, together. But for now, neighbors are rattled.

"The echo was like it was right in my front yard," Harris said.

And investigators are left to console family members distraught over it all.

"I feel sorry for the loss of someone else's child," Harris added.

Despite the big help from the community already, the Richmond PD still need to hear from you. Call CrimeStoppers if you have any information. That number is 780-1000.

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