Vigil for murdered Chesterfield teen on Riverside Drive

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Friends and loved ones gathered to honor the life of 18-year-old Osbin Hernandez-Gonzales Tuesday night.

The teen was found murdered early Sunday morning in the woods off Riverside Drive. A vigil was held at Pony Pasture and then the mourners marching behind a police escort to Huguenot Flatwater, where the group gathered at the Oxford Road entrance  to Huguenot Flatwater.

The mourners had a moment of silence for Hernandez-Gonzales and several people prayed and spoke in memory of the teen. The murdered teens body was found at Huguenot Flatwater early Sunday morning.

During the day Tuesday, condolences poured in on a special Facebook page.

One friend wrote: "You will always be in our hearts."

A stranger posted: "I don't know you but rest in peace."

Brittany Duncan and her friends are honoring Hernandez-Gonzales in their own way. T-shirts bearing his face and loving words.

"We were just with him the other day and it was just like gone all of a sudden," Duncan said.

Duncan can't understand why the rising Meadowbrook High 10th grader was at Huguenot Flatwater so late Saturday night/Sunday morning. Police believe he was shot between midnight and 1 a.m. His body discovered at 5 a.m.

Investigators don't believe the killing was random.

"He would never be alone, so I don't know why he was alone in the woods," Duncan said.

"He was just the type that had no enemies. I don't know who could have done this to him, " said friend, Caralena Arriola.

Richmond police released the victim's picture Monday in hopes of finding out any new information about what happened here at Huguenot Flatwater, but said no new tips have come in.

The hope his friends and acquaintances will come forward. His friends also pleaded for answers.

"If you know any information please call for his family, his loss. They're really upset," said Arriola.

A relative said "The pain never goes away when you lose a child, we at least, want closure and will have that once someone is behind bars."

Osbin's friends expect a couple hundred people for tonight's vigil. They'll be wearing white T-shirts and carrying candles.

A visitation will be held Wednesday evening at Morrissett Funeral Home at 6500 Iron Bridge Road. It's from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the same location. The services are open to the public.

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