Police: " Hopewell murder victim was targeted"

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - We're learning more about the murder of a Hopewell man. Police say the attack on 68-year-old Richard Wimmer was not random.

The ailing military veteran was severely beaten in his home two weeks ago.

"I can't comprehend how anybody could do anything to a human being the way that was done," said the victim's sister-in-law, Teresa Wimmer.

Standing nearly seven feet tall and weighing just under 500 pounds, Wimmer is remembered by loved ones as a gentle giant.

"He would do anything for you -- if it was in his power he'd do it," said Teresa.

Wimmer's family wants to know who is responsible for the murder. The family also has questions about the crime scene.

Since Wimmer's death the crime scene has expanded. Yellow tape now encompasses Wimmer's entire property and his truck. Loved ones want to know when they'll be able to go inside the house in order to get sensitive documents --outlining how Wimmer wanted to be laid to rest.

Teresa Wimmer says not having access to the paperwork has created a heavier burden for the family.

"We're still not allowed in the house. We still don't know what if anything he has or what his wishes were," said Teresa.

NBC12 legal analyst, Steve Benjamin, recommends that the family reach out to the commonwealth's attorney's office and ask to speak with a victim witness coordinator.

"Each prosecutor's office has staff who's job it is to advocate for victims and witnesses and to take care of exactly these types of concerns," said Benjamin. He adds, the law doesn't impose a time limit on a crime scene.

"The duty of the police is to solve the crime and sometimes they need to preserve the crime scene -- but you know, it's probably time for them to finish their work and let the family back in," said Benjamin.

For now, Teresa Wimmer says she has many questions and few answers.

If you have any information on this crime you're asked to contact the Hopewell Police Department.

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