Museum District murder remains a mystery 10 years later

Museum District murder remains a mystery 10 years later

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - On the edge of the Museum District, in the shadow of Carytown, a killer got away 10 years ago.

"You're a block from Carytown, all the nice shops and things, people spending money over here. You would never think a block away, your best friend was murdered. I mean it's crazy," said Justin "Boz" Boswell.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6, 2006, 22-year-old Michael Dobbs was walking to his car from a friend's house around 1:30 a.m. They'd been planning a party. His favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers were in the Super Bowl.

"We were getting ready for the Super Bowl that night. The Steelers were playing. He was really looking forward to it," said longtime friend Dan Waters.

Dobbs had just graduated college and moved back home. He was a Hermitage graduate and a long distance runner. Police believe two or three people tried to rob him as he walked to his car.

There was a scuffle and he tried to run.

"That's what he did best, but you can't outrun a gun," said Waters.

Police have very few witnesses and few leads have trickled in over the years.

Detective Joe Fultz has been on the case from the very beginning. NBC12 has interviewed him several times over the years. It's never any easier for him to be back at the place Dobbs took his last breath.

"I walked up here as I arrived on the scene. Mr. Dobbs was lying right in this spot," said Fultz.

"I remember it just like it was yesterday," he said. "That's what I see when I come by here. I see Michael, right here, in this spot, every time I drive by."

Dobbs had been shot. He died lying on the pavement, at the corner of Elwood Avenue and North Auburn Street.

"I'm hoping that somebody will come forward and give us a hand. Somebody can say something and put this to rest, finally and give his family some sort of peace," said Fultz.  

Even after all these years, for Dobbs' friends, the tears fall freely.  

"Just have some peace for me and Dan and for Mike's family," said Boswell through tears.  

Boswell says he misses Dobbs every day.  

"I told myself I wasn't going to cry," said Boswell during the interview.

"He was the best guy I knew. He was the best of all of us," added Waters.

Police believe there is one person out there who can come forward and break this case wide open. There is still a $10,000 reward if your information leads to that arrest and conviction.

Call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 if you have information. You can remain anonymous.

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