UPDATE: Second Chamberlayne murder suspect in custody

Lamar Elais Defairia
Lamar Elais Defairia
Rashaan Tigean Williams
Rashaan Tigean Williams
4800 block of Chamberlayne Avenue
4800 block of Chamberlayne Avenue

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Both men wanted by Richmond Police in Thursday's homicide on Chamberlayne Avenue in Richmond's Northside are now in custody.

Lamar Elais Defairia was arrested shortly after 4:30 p.m. by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at the intersection of Chamberlayne Avenue and Watkins Street, about a block from the scene of the murder.

Rashaan Tigean Williams, 24, of the 1700 block of East 17th Street, surrendered at Police Headquarters this afternoon.

Both men are suspects in the fatal shooting of Lawrence Andre Sykes, 23, in the 4800 block of Chamberlayne Avenue Thursday evening.

It happened in broad day light Thursday on a busy Richmond street and during busy traffic hour.

Police said one man was found dead and the suspected gunmen were on the loose. Police found Sykes unresponsive in the roadway with multiple gunshot wounds. Sykes, who lived in the 2100 block of Binford Lane, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sykes' body was found in the 4800 block of Chamberlayne Avenue around 5:25 p.m. Police blocked off Chamberlayne from Westbrook to Watkins Street for several hours.

Long lines of yellow tape roped off a large crime scene right after shots rang out. Crowds gathered outside to see what happened. Neighbor Geneva Rosser said the victim was a dear friend.

"He was a good father, he just had a baby. It's three weeks old, a little girl and he's gotta little boy and he was just a wonderful dad, took care of his babies took care of his girlfriend just a great guy," said Rosser.

Police say they don't know what may have lead to the shots fired, but are starting to put the pieces together.

"It appears at this point that the murder was maybe over an argument, we are getting some information that may have been over an argument, what that argument was about we won't know until later on," said Captain Steve Drew of Richmond Police.

The victim was already dead when police arrived. Neighbors say this homicide is step backwards from the improvements the community has made to turn things around.

"It has changed a whole lot, it was nothing but drug dealers, and prostitution a whole lot up here and they changed a lot of this it's none of this no more," said Rosser.

"Chamberlayne Avenue has come a long way, crime is down right now in the city we're doing so well this is an unfortunate incident as any shooting," said Drew.

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