RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond woman is hoping someone will finally take a stand against violence in this city and come forward to bring justice for her grandson. He was murdered just over 10 years ago, and the killer is presumably still on the streets.
DiVonne Fields was just 19 years old, hanging with his friends when he was gunned down trying to get away from two armed robbers. It was 7:30 p.m. on March 8, 2006. Detective Joe Fultz remembers that night well.
"He had been sitting on the hood of a car. He was approached by two males. They produced a gun, they told him to give it up," said Fultz.
DiVonne tried to escape and the two men shot him as he ran away.
"I need a friend, I need a neighbor, a family member, whoever was out there to come forward. They saw what happened," said Fultz.
Fultz walked us through the crime scene in the 1800 block of West Moore Street. He's carried DiVonne with him all these years. DiVonne's picture is on the front of his case file.
"Do you always put a picture on front of your case files?" we asked.
"It's a reminder," answered Fultz. "When I come into the office I see the faces of the people and I know I still have work to do."
Work to find justice for Patricia Langhorne.
"DiVonne was my baby. He was very, very nice to people and caring and loving. I just, I miss him so much," said Langhorne.
Langhorne remembers that March night like it was yesterday. She was waiting for DiVonne's call.
"He said, 'Nana, I love you.' I said, 'You'll call me tonight when you get home,' and he said, 'When I get home, I'm going to give you a call.' I got a call at 8:30 to tell me he had been shot five times," said Langhorne.
Langhorne misses DiVonne more than she can say. She doesn't want him forgotten. She doesn't want him to be just another number, an unsolved case from 2006.
"I believe it's a person's duty as a citizen to come forward if they see something like that in their community. Come out and let it be known that if not, they're not going to stand for it," said Fultz.
"Nobody has anything to say about DiVonne, It's like they forgot about him," added Langhorne.
There were lots of witnesses to this shooting that night in 2006. Police know just one phone call, the right phone call would put DiVonne Field's killer behind bars. There's a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. You can remain anonymous.
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