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Petersburg Police investigate first homicide of the year


Petersburg Police are trying to find the person who killed 50-year-old William Monroe. He was shot inside a house on summit near Church street - that's right off Washington street. Monroe's cousin was the first person to find Monroe.  

The cousin, Tank Davis, says he went to check on Monroe Thursday when he hadn't returned anyone's phone calls. He says he simply can't believe someone would target a man he says would do anything to help a friend. 

Davis owns an auto repair shop nearby. He says William Monroe, also known as MeMe, worked for him. He says not only was he a hard worker - he was also a selfless friend. 

"Anyone who knew him could say the same thing," said Davis. "It could be the middle of the night you could call him. He'd come out and help. It didn't make a difference - good character - good person."

Davis last saw MeMe Wednesday night before the shop closed. When he didn't show up for work Thursday and didn't answer multiple phone calls, people became worried so tank went to check on him. He first went to the home on farmer and Chappell street where he says me-me moved not too long ago.  

"I knew something wasn't right when I walked in and the door was kicked in anyway," Davis added.  

His cousin wasn't there, so Tank went to another home where MeMe used to live about a mile away on Summit street. He says it's now used for storage. Davis says this door was also kicked in, and this is where he found me-me dead, face-down in the dining room.  

"They killed a man that did for anybody or helped anybody with what little he had so what sense does that make?" Davis noted.  

Right now, police are following strong leads - interviewing neighbors and people who knew MeMe.

"Right now, our main goal is to bring the person to justice that did this and we are working on this all weekend," said Petersburg Police PIO, Esther Hyatt. 

"All I can do is pray," Davis added. "I don't wish bad luck on anyone but when you do something like that you get what's coming to you regardless."

If you can help police, call Crime Solvers anonymously at: 861-1212.


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