Man murdered on Riverside Drive identified

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police are investigating an early morning murder near the James River.

It happened off Riverside Drive at Huguenot Flatwater, about a mile west of Pony Pasture.

Police arrived on scene around 5 a.m. Sunday morning and found a man shot in the woods. He died moments later.

Monday morning, Richmond Police said they are looking for anyone that may have heard gunshots between midnight and 1 a.m. Sunday morning. There has been no indication from police if they believe the victim was shot where he was found or if he was dropped off at that location.

As of 9 p.m. Sunday, police identified the victim as Osbin N. Hernandez-Gonzales, 18, of the 2900 block of Falling Creek Avenue, Chesterfield.

Sunday police spent much of the day knocking on the doors of nearby homes, hoping to find someone that may have seen something.

John Bullen was one of many people that stopped by this popular summer spot on his day off. He says he doesn't expect to hear about murders near some of the most picturesque spots in Richmond.

"It's surprising," Bullen said.  "You hear about that a lot in Richmond but not necessarily in this area. You don't think about that happening around here."

Police are now in the early stages of this homicide investigation.

One of the biggest obstacles facing investigators now is trying to find someone that may have seen something. In a wooded area like this, you can imagine there are not a lot of people around at 5 a.m.

"Hopefully people can come to the police department with some information about this individual," said James Mercante of the Richmond Police Department.  "Maybe (someone can tell us) why he was here."

Jan Hatcher lives nearby and was one of the few people awake before 5 Sunday morning. She saw the flashing lights from the police cruisers but had no idea what had happened just a few feet from her doorstep.

"Occasionally someone will get in trouble in the river," Hatcher said.  "That's what I was thinking that maybe there was a river rescue or that someone had drowned. I never thought of any type of violence or crime happening."

The Medical Examiner will determine cause of death. The homicide investigation continues.

If you have any information about this murder you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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