Family says Richmond’s first 2019 homicide victim was ‘something special'

Relatives call first 2019 homicide victim the 'backbone' of the family

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Relatives of a man shot and killed at his Richmond home say a 4-year-old was in the home crying for help when it happened.

Loved ones say Michael Halford was gunned down and left to die on his front porch in the 4500 block of Norborne Road near Warwick Road in the southside as the first homicide of 2019 in Richmond.

Relatives believe Halford was robbed, but police have not confirmed that. Those closest to him won’t rest until they get answers.

“You didn’t have to do what you did and God (sees) you,” Makeia Terry, Halford’s cousin, said. “You can’t run for long.”

For so many in this south Richmond neighborhood, this is personal.

"He was not a confrontational person and whoever did this knows that there’s nothing he wouldn’t (do),” Terry said. “He would give you the shirt off his back.”

She and Halford grew up together and he was like a big brother to her. She got the word Wednesday that someone shot and killed him. Relatives say Halford lived inside of the home where he was found dead on the front porch.

“My cousin was like this on his front porch, like ‘man why you doing this? What you want?’” Terry said.

Halford considered the 4-year-old girl, who was home at the time, to be his own daughter.

As friends and loved one gathered after receiving the news, they were left to try to understand why anyone would do this.

“He wasn’t a grimy person. He didn’t walk around with hate. He didn’t walk around in confrontations with nobody," Terry said. “You took a good man today and you need to come forth and pay for what you did.”

Now a family is in grief because there are so many unanswered questions.

“That’s the backbone to our family,” another relative said. “He’s something special.”

Halford also has two adult sons and was engaged.

“No matter where in the city, this is unacceptable," Interim Richmond Police Chief Will Smith said. “We certainly take this seriously and we are putting everything we can to solve this crime.”

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