Police charge victim’s son in deadly Richmond assault

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John Chillum(Richmond Police)
Updated: Apr. 22, 2021 at 4:46 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond police said they have charged the victim’s son in the deadly assault that happened in Richmond on Wednesday.

Police were called shortly before 6:30 p.m. to the 3500 block of East Broad Rock Road on April 21.

Officers at the scene said they found a woman in a building, unresponsive and suffering from injuries from an assault.

The woman, identified as Melissa Paige, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect, John Chillum, 26, was taken into custody and charged with homicide. Police said Chillum is Paige’s son.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said Paige was an employee with the city’s Department of Public Works. He released the following statement:

“Our City of Richmond family is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of longtime city employee Melissa Paige.

“Melissa was a dedicated public servant who faithfully served the city and its residents in multiple departments over the last 16 years, most recently in the Department of Public Works. She brought style and class to the workplace and was a conscientious professional committed to her job and getting things right.

“I ask you to remember Melissa and keep her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective P. Mansfield at (804) 646-6996 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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