DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - A suspect has been arrested in the homicide of a 70-year-old Dinwiddie man.
The Dinwiddie Sheriff's Office said Michael Elmore, 48, of Sutherland VA was arrested Friday. He has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Carter Northington.
Northington, also known as the "Can-Man," was found beaten on Monday night. He died Tuesday at VCU Medical Center.
Friday night, hundreds of people were in the crowd at the Westgate Food Lion in Dinwiddie, holding candles in tribute to Carter Northington.
"I don't think he was aware of how many exactly how many friends and how many people knew him," said his sister, Francis Clark.
To address the entire crowd, Delegate Rosalyn Dance had to get up on a ladder to speak.
"I am moved and I am impressed, by the compassionate spirit of all of the citizens of Dinwiddie," said Dance.
Dinwiddie County Sheriff D.T. "Duck" Adams did the same.
"I just want to thank the deputies and the investigators in the sheriff's office that have worked hard all week," he said.
It was a moving show of support for the Sheriff's department who just hours earlier made an arrest.
"I was raised right around the corner here, and I knew Mr. Northington all my life, and I'm just overwhelmed that everybody came together, and this case has been brought to a conclusion," said Sheriff Adams.
The pressure was on Sheriff Adams all week to find the man who beat the 70-year-old to death.
"oh it's a terrible tragedy, and words can't express what we've gone through all week, dealing with this," said Adams.
Northington lead a very small life collecting recyclables every day, but he was no ordinary man.
"He is what you'd call in today's world a special needs person," said Clark.
Legally blind and deaf, his sister never knew how many lives he touched.
"It upsets me tremendously, that he, in the condition he's in...lived to be 70 years old, and to die this way, it upsets me tremendously," said Clark.
The community successfully filled up an entire dumpster with soda and beer cans and with all the donations - the family will now be able to give their "can man" the funeral he deserves.