Death investigation underway after man found dead in Richmond

Death investigation underway after man found dead in Richmond
Officers were called to the 1800 block of Fernbrook Drive around 1:53 p.m. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Tuesday afternoon, Richmond Police found a man dead inside his own home on Fernbrook Drive, near Old Warwick Road.

Forensic units remained on scene for hours gathering evidence just before the Medical Examiner’s Office arrived to remove the man’s body.

“Yeah, I’m in shock,” Chanel Trujillo said.

That was the common theme as neighbors walked outside of their front doors. As usual, there were lots of children outside.

“These kids out here riding their bikes and play with each other every day. For them to have to be subject, waiting and excited to see a body come out, that shouldn’t be the norm for a child,” Denise Adkins said.

Unfortunately, that’s what they witnessed around 6 p.m. Tuesday. A group that helps veterans find housing arrived to check on one of the vets they serve. When they got there, they found him dead inside his own home, leaving neighbors stunned.

“Don’t nobody want to live in fear and danger,” Trujillo said. She has only lived here for two months and moved from Chicago. “I didn’t leave Chicago to come be interviewed about murder where I’m staying. That’s ridiculous.”

That’s why she went to go ask police what was going on. Authorities have not yet classified the case as a murder, but they’re looking into it. RPD’s Major Crimes Unit is handling the investigation.

“Friday we saw him, he was by himself and he was doing his normal routine walking to the dumpsters, taking out his trash and going back home,” Adkins said.

People who live here say this type of activity doesn’t define their community.

“It’s nice and calm. Children can play. We look out for each other’s kids and make sure everybody’s OK,” Gloria Carter said.

But for Trujillo, who just moved here with her two young daughters, one crime is one too many.

“That’s why I moved…That’s a sign that’s going to get me to break my lease real fast,” she said.

Neighbors say the victim was in his 30s or 40s and may have had a young son.

Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective P. Ripley at (804) 646-0423 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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