Murder in Denby Park

Late Monday night, police received a call about a shooting in the 7600 block of MacDonald Road, in Denby Park.

The victim was killed and the shooter is at large.

One Denby Park resident wrote in and said, “this ruckus went on for an hour (in the middle of the street) before the shooting”.

Anyone with information can call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

A very short Virginian-Pilot article on this murder can be found here.

UPDATE: The victim and the shooter knew each other and had an argument.  The shooter is a black male who fled the scene in a green ford escort.  The police are asking that if you see anything suspicious matching the above description you give them a call immediately.

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13 Responses to Murder in Denby Park

  1. Tim Smith says:

    What in the heck is going on here? If it is true that the “ruckus went on for an hour” and nobody called the police then the residents in Denby Park failed. If the police were called and it took an hour for them to show up then the Police failed.
    Then I read that NPD locked up the hula-hoop lady because someone thought she was making to much noise. I am sorry, but you people need to get your heads out of the sand.
    You call the police because someone is playing a radio in the middle of the street on Granby but not because two people are fighting in the street in a neighborhood.
    We are contributing to our own downfall in this community, yes I’m not happy.

  2. rufus says:

    Head in the sand you say? If I were to call the police every time it tunes up in the streets here then I would get labeled a crank. Then when I did need the police they wouldn’t show up till after I am dead. I call the police an average of once a quarter as it is. The last time I called, it took them about a half hour to show up. I actually had to call back and beg them to show me a little support. This was in the mid afternoon. In all fairness the police have always been very good and professional. Unfortunately I think that their hands are tied too. They can’t do anything until someone is dead. Until then all they can do is watch. My head isn’t in the sand, its under my bed with the rest of me clinging to my gun. While I watch in terror…

  3. b davis says:

    IT DOES’NT SUPRISE ME ONE LITTLE BIT THAT THIS HAPPENED AT THIS ADDRESS.THE POLICE HAVE BEEN TOLD NUMEROUS TIMES ABOUT THINGS GOING ON AT THIS HOUSE.THE TENENTS ARE TRASH AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT.THIS PIECE OF CRAP LETS HIS 3 PIT BULLS RUN FREE AND THEN INTIMITATES THE ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS WHEN CONFRONTED.
    THE ONLY REGRET I HAVE IS HE WAS NOT THE ONE KILLED AND OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WOULD HEVE BEEN MUCH SAFER.

  4. RJ Luce says:

    On a more positive note, when the call went out this morning to neighborhood watch residents in the Denby Park, Oakdale Farms and Monticello Village the response was positive and the people were very willing to help. Thank you all for being helpful. I hope that the lesson we all learn from this is to call 911, and keep calling when something is happening on your street, in your neighborhood!! Call early and call often. Not quite sure where the quote:

    “One Denby Park resident wrote in and said, “this ruckus went on for an hour (in the middle of the street) before the shooting”

    came from.

    Looked in the virginian pilot article and did not see it.

    Thanks for listening to me.

    RJ Luce

  5. rufus says:

    It came from me. Your cheerleader response made me feel just, Oh so much better. Thank you for educating me I will consider your lesson. I for one will sleep so much better knowing we have a Pollyanna looking out for us. Maybe you should receive some tax money. At least we should all elect you neighbor of the month.

  6. Tim Smith says:

    Alright now!!!!

    The people that have spent their time to put together the neighborhood watch program and walk the streets, call the police and attend the meetings are NOT the problem here. These people care enough about their community to step out into the light to bring a change for everyone.

    The drug dealers, pimps, prostitutes and gang bangers are the ones that are ruining our community. If your angry then focus your anger were it belongs, on them.

    Call the police every day if you have to. Call the Mayor; call your City Council; call the City Manager’s office; come to the meetings and share your frustration with others as frustrated as you.

    We, as a community, must work together to solve this and it would be nice to get more support from the paper and other media sources. It does not help to get fed a constaint stream of “doom & gloom” about Wards Corner. If you did not live here you would thing this place was the worst place in Hamton Roads.
    This stuff goes on every were in Hamton Roads and most does not make it into the paper or on TV.

    And yes, you should be greatful that someone cares enough to look out for you, and NOT reach into your pocket for your tax money.

  7. rufus says:

    That is very nice. I am so glad that people care. I really am. We are talking about the fact that someone will not get up tomorrow. This man is dead. There is nothing positive about that. I have been here a long time and I am tired of rhetoric. The city has allowed this place to become a dumping ground for everyone displaced by its “projects”. There is no community and uh, then there is this dead guy who was laid out on our streets because of the indifference of those that are sworn to defend and protect. I’m sorry if there is no room in your world for the gloom and doom of a dead guy but, that is our reality. Sorry to rain on your parade. This tragedy personally really confronts me. Just look around, no matter what I say about it I am the bad guy. We pay people to wander around, look at congregations, and possibly discourage the aggregation of groups that are up to no good. Yet I look out my window and see nothing until someone is dead. Then I see a lot of momentary concern followed by indifference. Sorry for the gloom and doom pal…

  8. Tim Smith says:

    I am tired of the rhetoric also and that I why I stepped on a lot of toes downtown to get a neighborhood watch program rolling in the Wards Corner area.
    I agree with you that Wards Corner has been the dumping ground for all those redevelopment projects around the city over the years. That was a concern that was brought up many years ago.
    I do not share your views on the officers on the street. I see their strings being pulled from downtown.
    The killing of Todd Cox, who lived in my neighborhood, and my neighbor being shot at is what got me angry enough to act. We both share in the reality and there is not reason for it. Your not the bad guy, your just angry, like I was. Do not feel sorry, my parade was washed out many years ago.

  9. rufus says:

    well met then. I am so tired of hearing just you wait things are gonna get better. I am not angry, I am disgusted. I could go into a litany of things that have happened within a rock toss of my house. Not a throw a toss. I appreciate any effort made by any of my fellow citizens to try and get some real help making this neighborhood what it is intended to be. It was intended to be a safe haven for the working class of this city to live, raise kids, and prosper. Instead it is the wild west complete with wild west street names. I do what I can do I live here, shop here, and pay taxes here. However, there are just so many unaccountable “agents” that own property here and exploit it at any costs. Meanwhile, the rest of us are stuck dealing with the consequences of their greed and the government’s apathy. So tilt at windmills all you want. Until there is some accountability placed on those that “rent” their houses and apartments here then there will be no progress. I hope that this kid’s family sue the owner of the house for allowing that hole to exist with the “tenants” that were “living” there. I hope that they take the house from that greedy “landlord” and bulldoze it with his money to make a point. That wouldn’t be justice but, it would be a small start…

  10. BSS says:

    Here are a few simple rules from an “old lady” who has raised her children and taught a lot of others. When the street lights come on, anyone under 18 should be in their house unless they have a place that they are supposed to be at, library, work, church, etc. That means weekends too. I know there are lots of folks that have to work and the kids are on their own but if you make tht rule early, they will get use to it. Know where your kids are at all times. Stay off drugs and alcohol. Set the example. If you are poor you can still be proud. It doesn’t take money to have good character. Keep your yard picked up and if you have curtains, keep them looking nice from the outside. I grew up in a poor farming area and the poorest knew to do that. Poor but proud enough to be a good citizen will give you a good life.

  11. beverly sexton says:

    MY TURN.I AM FED UP.I WILL NOT MOVE AND I HAVE TOOK A STAND.I WILL NOT LIVE IN FEAR,BUT I WILL FIGHT FOR RIGHT AND WRONG.BECKY LUCE AND MYSELF HAVE WALKED THE STREETS IN DENBY PARK ASKING FOR HELP WITH A NEIGHERHOOD WATCH.I AM ASKING EVERYONE IN DENBY PARK TO HELP US TAKE OUR STREETS BACK.MY FAMILY HAS LIVED IN DENBY PARK ALMOST 30 YEARS. I HAVE RAISED 3 CHILDREN HERE AND SHOULD NOT HAVE TO START ALL OVER FOR WHAT WE HAVE WORKED FOR.I MYSELF HAVE STARTED A PAPER TRAIL OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS.MAYBE WE SHOULD TALK WITH SEAN REGAN AND THE FIFTY FOUR EAST OCEAN VIEW RESIDENTS WHO ARE SUEING COUNCILMAN RANDY WRIGHT .

  12. ronnette lowery says:

    the ruckus you all are talking about was my boyfriend that got killed over a harmless rap battle and jealousy. it is a shame it took the police so long to get to the scene but the residents do need to step their game up and reclaim their neighborhood and maybe tradegies lie this would not happen. any more questions feel free to contact me oh by the way yhe funeral was a success!

  13. keykey says:

    Its a shame they did not catch the guy who has done this i think they need to get on thier job. and the guy that did this need to turn his self in. he left a son with out a father, a sister without a brother, father and mother without a son. Most important A baby mother without a baby father.

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