PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Police are searching for the person who killed a 20 year old man in Petersburg.
Officers say around 3:50 a.m. Saturday someone called 911 to report seeing what appeared to be a body in the street at the intersection of North Carolina Avenue and High Pearl Street. Once on scene they found Delmirrio R. Murdock gravely wounded. Murdock died shortly after 4:00 a.m. at Southside Regional Medical Center. The cause of death will be released pending autopsy results.
Its day light now and the only marker still present from this morning's deadly crime scene is this piece of caution tape. Just a few feet away is the very spot where 20 year-old Delmirrio Murdock lay some 10 hours ago, desperately clinging to life.
Nearby, Teresa Alexander's household is woken up by the commotion.
"I woke up and I saw the lights and everything and my children heard gunshots," Alexander said.
That's enough terror to strike fear in the heart of this mother of three children. Normally she says she's okay with the kids playing outside but after last night, she's not so sure.
"It was very disturbing for them to wake me up and say mom, I heard gunshots," Alexander said.
Petersburg Police Detectives were back at the scene of the crime Saturday afternoon searching for clues that could ultimately lead them to answers. Several neighbors in the community say they saw a dark colored car parked at the crime scene for quite some time.
Police have yet to confirm any of those details but are encouraging people to come forward.
"It is a pretty quite neighborhood and so we want to know if people heard anything," Hyatt said.
Melvin Johnson lives just down the street for where the incident happened. He's lived in the community for 50 years and is finding it hard to cope with the news of this recent tragedy.
"I would like to talk to these young boys and stop all this shooting and killing and all this mess," Johnson said.
Though he and others are willing to be a voice for today's youth, Johnson believes talking may not be enough. As for Teresa Alexander, she's leaning on police to continue protecting the streets.
"I would prefer to have more police presence in this area so I could feel safe and my children could feel safe," Alexander said.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to confidentially call Petersburg Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at (804) 861-1212. If the information leads to an arrest in this case, the cash reward could be $1,000.