Police identify 3-year-old boy shot to death in Colonial Heights

3-year-old boy shot killed

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WWBT) - Colonial Heights police are investigating an early morning shooting that left a 3-year-old boy dead.

Police received a call from a resident in a home in the 100 block of Bruce Avenue reporting a child shot just before 7 a.m.

Upon arrival, police found a 3-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“I can’t get the sound of the gun shot out of my head,” neighbor Lynette Taylor said.

Taylor lives across the street from the victim’s family she said she heard a gun shot around 1 a.m., but didn’t think anything of it until police arrived several hours later.

The boy has been identified as 3-year-old Avion Talley, of Colonial Heights. Talley has been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond.

A small memorial was placed in Avion Talley's memory by neighbors who want his family know they are loved and supported.
A small memorial was placed in Avion Talley's memory by neighbors who want his family know they are loved and supported. (Source: NBC12)

Police have identified all family members who were in the home at the time the incident occurred.

Police say they are not looking for any suspects and there is no danger to the community.

“We’ve been here two years and I’ve never ever seen anything like this right here before,” neighbor Talite Hooper said.

Keith and Talite Hooper are the boy’s neighbors and said they heard gun shots after midnight.

“Heartbreaking, immediately started praying,” Talite Hooper said. “Started praying over the mother, the father and the child, and I started praying over everybody. Everybody just laid out in the street.”

Neighbor haunted by sound of gunfire that killed 3-year-old

This has been incredibly difficult for the family to take in, and many have burst into tears.

This death hits especially close to home for Taylor because shes has two young children of her own.

“They’re saying, ‘Mommy someones hurt what happened?’" Taylor said. “I had to sit down with my children and explain to them what happened today.”

But it’s also challenging for the officers who take everything in and speak with relatives. Volunteer police chaplain Michael Cherry was among those on the scene to help relatives deal with their grief.

“They’re going to see and feel that sort of anger, sadness and emotion of any tragic situation, and it’s my job as the chaplain to help them bring that out and to process that and to deal with that in a healthy manner,” Cherry said.

Police said charges have not yet been filed.

Right now Taylor says she just wants to give the family space, but early Friday evening she and her children wanted to make sure this family knew they had support from their neighbors placing three stuffed bears at the doorstep in Avion’s memory.

“It hits close to home when you have children and my heart goes out to the family,” Taylor said.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Thad Johnson at 804-524-8701 or Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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