Grandmother of slain Richmond teen: 'Christmas will never be the same'

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Christmas Day will never be the same for a family now mourning the death of their 18-year-old son, Traquan Holmes, shot and killed on Christmas Eve. Police say Holmes was gunned down off North 29th Street in Richmond's East End, just after 10 p.m. in the city's Creighton Court area.

On Christmas Day, neighbors awoke to Richmond Police Department's mobile command center still lighting up the neighborhood.

Traquan's grandmother, Angie Holmes, raised him after his mother passed away when he was only 11 years old. Angie is now left without both her daughter and her grandson. "My baby they took from me. My baby…" Angie said while crying. "A happy, happy person he was."

"[Traquan's] the last of her memories, and now he's gone. It's hard. It's very hard," said Margaret Holmes, Traquan's great aunt, holding Angie up at her side.

"Christmas Eve, Christmas Day will never be the same for me, never," Angie continued, as family gathered around her, in front of her home. She said Traquan just graduated from Armstrong High School, and was intent on enlisting in the Air Force. "My boy was going into the Air Force to be an engineer. He was going to get us out of here. He didn't like it around here," she added, talking about Creighton Court, one of the city's toughest neighborhoods. "This man who gunned my boy down took his life for no reason. I want to knock on this man's door and ask him, 'Why did you take him? What did he do to you?'"

Devastatingly, Traquan will never realize his dream of joining the Air Force, nor will he meet his first child, currently on the way.

This is the 36th homicide in Richmond this year. Detectives said they'll be re-canvassing the neighborhood to follow up on any leads. Police are asking anyone who knows anything about this shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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