Mother pleads to help find son's killer, seven years later

Mother pleads to help find son's killer, seven years later

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The mother and grandmother of Damion West, a man beaten and murdered in 2009, are begging for someone who knows something about his murder to come forward.

West was a a security guard at the Ivy Walk Apartments in Chesterfield. He was murdered seven years ago on July 9, and no suspects have ever been caught.

Patricia Blowe says she will be forever heartbroken and every day is a battle.

"I'm still sad, I still cry...I still miss him," Blowe said with tears rolling down her face. "It's hard. I still have trouble sleeping at night."

West was a father of one young son, who was three when he died, and his mom says he was working to be a police officer.

West was beaten and killed at his job at the Ivy Walk Apartments on July 9, 2009.  His body was found near a retention pond. He was only 28 years old.

Blowe said her son was killed after being hit on the head and having his skull cracked. She said he had bruises all over his body too.

"There is no way in the world someone can murder someone like that and not leave no evidence," said Constance Powell, West's grandmother.

She believes police didn't do all that they could in searching for her grandson's killer.

Police call this case a "cold case," or an unsolved crime. They say they haven't had any viable new leads but are hoping someone will come forward with information.

Police encourage people to use the Crime Solvers program if they are scared or reluctant to go directly to the police with the information. Crime Solvers uses the telephone hotline, 804-748-0660, the web-tip forms and Text-A-Tip to keep people anonymous.

If the tip ultimately becomes a successful lead, then the person who submitted that tip would be eligible for a cash reward through the Crime Solvers program.

West's family plans to honor him this week as they do every year, by releasing balloons at the apartment complex where he died.

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