Newport News fa­ther of two shot and killed

Homi­cide is city’s 22nd in 2018; city had 24 homi­cides in ’17

Daily Press - - Local News - By Matt Jones Staff writer Matt Jones, 757-247-4729, mjones@dai­ly­press.com

A Newport News man was shot and killed early Thurs­day morn­ing at the apart­ment com­plex where he lived in south­east Newport News.

Po­lice and medics found Steven Christo­pher Richard­son, 26, un­re­spon­sive, ly­ing shot on the ground out­side, at Ri­d­ley Place Apart­ments. Dis­patch­ers re­ceived a call about the shoot­ing at 1:34 a.m., ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesman Ran­dal Bai­ley.

They at­tempted to re­vive him, Bai­ley said, but he was pro­nounced dead a short time later.

No sus­pect has been iden­ti­fied, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his death is still on­go­ing.

Richard­son had two sons with Laque­shia Kirby.

She also said that she is preg­nant with a daugh­ter.

“All he wanted was a girl,” Kirby said. “He’s fi­nally got one, and he’s not even go­ing to be able to see her.”

Richard­son spent most of his time with his fam­ily and a small group of friends, Kirby said, and stayed out of trou­ble.

“He was per­fect,” Kirby said. “I mean, as per­fect as any­one can get.”

On Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Newport News po­lice or­ga­nized a com­mu­nity walk in the com­plex to gather more in­for­ma­tion about the shoot­ing. Of­fi­cers went door to door talk­ing with neigh­bors, sev­eral of whom said that they heard the shots and a com­mo­tion overnight.

As of­fi­cers were knock­ing on the last few doors, sev­eral peo­ple who said they knew Richard­son and his girl­friend set up a makeshift me­mo­rial where they said he had been found shot.

The Rev. Clark DeSarro-Ray­nal, pas­tor of Hil­ton Pres­by­te­rian Church in Newport News, joined a cou­ple of po­lice chap­lains in the walk. The po­lice de­part­ment has made sev­eral re­cent ef­forts to reach out to re­li­gious com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing a break­fast last month with faith lead­ers. Po­lice Chief Steve Drew said in a news re­lease an­nounc­ing the walk that it is part of an ef­fort to cre­ate “a sys­tem of care and com­pas­sion.”

DeSarro-Ray­nal said he at­tended the break­fast and got an email about the com­mu­nity walk ear­lier in the day.

“It helps. It’s so much bet­ter than just try­ing to po­lice from a dis­tance,” he said.

Sev­eral in­ci­dents of gun vi­o­lence have taken place at the com­plex this year, but Thurs­day’s shoot­ing was the first homi­cide there in 2018. Two peo­ple were in­jured in a drive-by shoot­ing in March. On April 22, 2017, 31-year-old Charles Al­bert Car­roll III died af­ter he was shot in the head in the com­plex, po­lice have not an­nounced an ar­rest.

Richard­son’s death is the 22nd homi­cide that Newport News po­lice have in­ves­ti­gated this year, based on de­part­ment statis­tics. Last year, there were 24 homi­cides in the city.

Po­lice ask that any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the shoot­ing call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

ROB OSTERMAIER/STAFF

Newport News po­lice of­fi­cers and de­tec­tives can­vass the Ri­d­ley Cir­cle sec­tion of the city for in­for­ma­tion about the homi­cide of Steven Christo­pher Richard­son.

COUR­TESY OF LAQUE­SHIA KIRBY

Steven Christo­pher Richard­son, pic­tured with one of his sons, was killed in an early morn­ing shoot­ing Thurs­day in south­east Newport News.

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