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Family seeks information after Richmond high school student dies in shooting

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The investigation continues into Richmond’s first juvenile homicide of the year after a 17-year-old was fatally shot outside the Ashley Oaks apartments in Richmond.

The victim was a senior at Armstrong High School.

Latanya Johnson, the victim’s aunt, says she picked up her nephew from school around 2 p.m. Thursday to take him to the DMV. She says her nephew was delighted to get his learner’s permit before he turns 18 next month.

Johnson says the family was already grappling with the death of another family member this week and invited his nephew to come to Charles City County.

She says her nephew didn’t want to go and then dropped him off around 4 p.m. at his house near the 1400 block of Jennie Scher Rd.

Police then arrived in the neighborhood around 4:40 p.m., where a high school student was found with gunshot wounds and died at the scene.

Johnson says the family is simply asking anyone with information to come forward.

“We have no idea who did it, but we’re hoping someone will come forward because these kids are killing kids,” Johson said. “These families are hurting so much and I just don’t understand why no one has seen anything. I do not know. “

Richmond Public Schools is aware of the death and had bereavement counselors on site at Armstrong High School on Friday.

Richmond police say this is the fourth homicide for the city in 2022.

Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Darnell at 804-646-3927 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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