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Police ID Richmond's 60th homicide victim of 2016

Published: Dec. 19, 2016 at 4:57 PM EST|Updated: Apr. 13, 2017 at 4:20 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Police Department says 21-year-old Lakim Booker was killed in a shooting Sunday night, making his death the 60th homicide in the city in 2016.

Lakim Booker's mother, Anerskia Booker, says she was driving from her home in Lynchburg to see about her son.

"It was the worst two hours of my life, the worst two hours of my life," said Anerskia Booker.

They had just spoken with each other.

"He told me that he loved me and where he was at, he couldn't talk to me because he needed to watch his surroundings," said Anerskia Booker. "He just told me that he loved me and he would call me back, and I never got the call."

That's when this grieving mother knew something wasn't right.

"When I call Lakim, he always answers. I don't care what he's doing, he's going to answer for me to let me know he's okay and he didn't answer when I called back."

Police found the 21-year-old shot to death inside his car around 8:15 p.m. in the 1500 block of Bowen Street. Minutes later, another man was shot less than a mile away in the 2300 block of Oakland Place, near Overlook Street. The victim in the second shooting is expected to pull through.

Officers believe the cases are connected.

This marks the 60th homicide in the city of Richmond this year. The police chief blames one thing for the majority of these crimes - illegal guns.

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said Monday that illegal firearms are involved in many of this year's homicides.

Durham stressed that residents can report illegal firearms though the city's "Gun 250" program and could earn a reward of up to $250 should the information lead to the recovery of an illegal firearm and/or arrest of an offender.

Tips can be submitted in three ways:

  • Texting 274637, enter "Gun 250" and then the tip
  • Calling (804) 780-1000
  • Submitting a tip online at www.7801000.com

There will be a wake for friends and family on Friday followed by a funeral to honor Booker's life Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home. Relatives are also working on a candlelight vigil to remember him.

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