A family is grieving and a college campus is in shock after a Mechanicsville man was shot to death near Longwood University.
Darryl Elmore is behind bars at the Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville. Elmore is charged with voluntary manslaughter, reckless handling of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon. What led up to this shooting hasn't yet been revealed.
The family of the victim, John "Jay" Robles, continues to wait for answers. Robles's sister in South Carolina, Kim Sinnett, held back tears as she spoke of her brother.
"I just can't imagine. I've never met anybody who would want to harm my brother," said Sinnett. "He's a gentle soul."
Sinnett says Robles was a hard-working man who spent his life working construction. She says he cared deeply for his teenaged daughter who lived with him.
Longwood University Police Chief Robert Beach says both Jay Robles and Darryl Elmore worked at a student housing construction site, near another student housing complex. Investigators say Elmore was a manager and lived with in a trailer on site. At around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Robles stopped in to see Elmore. The two were alone and shots were fired.
Beach says Robles wasn't armed and that there was no indication of a struggle. Beach says Elmore called authorities and was arrested on scene.
Sinnett says she doesn't believe reports in which Elmore, a convicted felon, claimed the incident was an accident.
"I don't understand why this man would shoot my brother. I don't understand. I don't understand," continued Sinnett.
Students who live at the housing complex were also startled by the news and an email about the incident, sent from the university.
"Crime like that doesn't happen here," said Longwood University student Victoria Kenyon. "People were talking about it on Facebook."
NBC12's legal analyst Steve Benjamin says that voluntary manslaughter in Virginia is generally a killing that happens in the heat of the moment or a fight.
Elmore is being held without bond for now.
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