More charges against teen accused of murdering Henrico teen, including threatening to shoot up school
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - More charges have been filed against a teenage boy accused of murdering a 13-year-old Henrico girl in March.
On Friday, March 26, around 4:30 p.m., Henrico police were called to the 1900 block of Hickoryridge Road for the report of a shooting. There they found a teenage girl shot outside a home. She was taken to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.
With permission from the family, Henrico County Public Schools identified the victim as Lucia Bremer, an eighth-grader at Quioccasin Middle School.
Police arrested a 14-year-old boy nearly 24 hours after Bremer was shot in the Gayton Forest West neighborhood off Pump Road.
The boy was charged with second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a juvenile and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was arraigned in court on March 29 and has been held at the county’s Juvenile Detention Center since his arrest.
On Monday afternoon, a status hearing was held in the teen’s case. However, due to the defendant being a juvenile, specific details about the case are confidential.
“When we’re talking about respecting the law, I also realize my duty to the public safety for the citizens of Henrico County, to let them know to the best I can what is going on,” said Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor.
Following the status hearing, Taylor announced three more charges have been filed against the 14-year-old suspect, two of them involving a second victim.
“There was another juvenile who was with Lucia on the date when this happened back on March 26,” Taylor said.
The boy now faces attempted murder and brandishing a firearm in connection to that second girl under the age of 13. Due to her age, her name is not being released.
However, whether the suspect will be charged as an adult in connection to the shooting is still unknown.
Attorneys are expected to meet on Aug. 20 to look at the various factors that go into making this decision.
“We want to sit down and talk; there’s a lot of information involved in this matter, and it is certainly the professional thing to do,” Taylor said. “There are lots of factors to take into consideration, to include if there are any prior contacts, whether there are any appropriate resources available within the juvenile system, or not, or inadequate and obviously we’ve been talking a lot about mental health in the news for both adults and our youth.”
Taylor expects a decision to be made shortly following the Aug. 20 meeting.
Meanwhile, the teen suspect also faces a charge of threatening to shoot up a school.
Taylor said the boy shared a video clip on social media of a school shooting, which included threatening comments he allegedly made before Bremer’s murder.
“It was not discovered by law enforcement until after March 26,” she said. “There’s probably a lot to be said about social media and cues about what gets flagged by YouTube, Google, Facebook, Insta[gram] and what kind of responsibly these social media providers have to public safety.”
No specific school was mentioned in the alleged threat, according to Taylor.
As for how the 14-year-old got a handgun in the first place, the Commonwealth’s Attorney said it was taken from the home where the boy was living.
“The Bremers and public have been very interested in how that even happened,” Taylor said. “I promise the public, and of course, my promise to the family is with what we know it certainly is necessary to hold people accountable. As everyone knows here ‘holding people accountable’ to me does not necessarily mean everyone is going to jail forever or anything of that nature, but I think it’s important to know that recognize the importance of responsible gun safety.”
Currently, charges have not been placed against the gun owner, but it has not been ruled out.
“We are trying to be mindful of the timeline as to when we are handling the juvenile who has been charged, as well as then perhaps charging the adult,” she said. “… just to let the public know, we have not forgotten that. We have intentions of doing that, it’s just a matter of when.”
Meanwhile, Taylor added there is no information to suggest the suspect knew the two victims.
An evidentiary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 13.
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