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Henrico cold case: Innocent father murdered 8 years ago

Published: Jul. 8, 2015 at 7:13 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 18, 2015 at 10:33 PM EDT
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Eight years and there is still no closure for a Virginia family dealing with the murder of an innocent father. Gary Post was with his adult sons when four suspects tried to rob them at the Legacy Inn on April 4, 2007.

Post was shot and killed.

One of the most heartbreaking parts of this story was this family wasn't even supposed to be at this motel. They are from Broadway, Virginia and were going to catch a plane to a wedding in Texas the next day.  But there was a mix-up with their original reservation, and they ended up at the Legacy Inn.

For years, the motel off of Williamsburg Road was notorious for crime.  An innocent family from out of town didn't know that and on April 4, 2007, they became victims.

"They took away everything. They took away a dad, a husband, a life," says Mary Post, who is speaking to NBC12 about the murder for the first time.

Police say it was just after midnight when Gary Post and his sons checked into this motel. They were unloading the car when four men with guns started threatening them and demanding money.

"They asked him to go to his knees. He dropped to his knees, he had his hands in the air... and for whatever reason, maybe there was some sort of movement, one of the males shot Mr. Post," says Joe Schihl, an investigator with Henrico County Police.

He later died at the hospital.

And for eight years, Post's family has struggled for answers while life has moved on.  Post's daughter just got married.

"Her brothers gave her away, and that was hard," says Mary.  "She was daddy's little girl, so how do you... how do you do that, you know?"

Post loved to fish, and that's how his family remembers him.  They host a yearly fishing event for the community.

Meanwhile, police say there are persons of interest but investigators need more to name a suspect.

"We're relying on second-hand and third-hand information," says Schihl.  "Hopefully, there is somebody out there that saw these people leave, saw where they went with a car."

All this family wants is closure.

"They don't need to be on the street. They are not good people, and they will probably do it again," says Mary.

Police say it is believed the suspects were seen in a silver Chrysler that was circling the parking lot the day of the murder. If you know anything that could help, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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