Man found dead in front of church

Emmanuel Terry, photo courtesy Terry's family.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A man is dead after Portsmouth police responded to a report of a shooting on High Street Monday night.

Around 9:30 p.m., Portsmouth Police were called to the scene in the 2500 block of High Street. According to Det. Misty Holley, officers found a man lying on the ground, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound in the 2400 block of Cutherell Street.

When medics arrived at the scene, they pronounced the man dead. He has been identified as 25-year-old Emmanuel Eugene Terry of Portsmouth.

He was spontaneous, fun to be around, and always on the go — that’s how Raheem Stevenson will remember his cousin, “E-man.” With his five-month-old daughter Madison on his lap, Stevenson said his family is in pain over the loss.

“He was on his way home. He was leaving the gym,” Stevenson said. ” I don’t know what could have happened or might have happened.”

Stevenson said Terry still had his wallet on him when his body was found by police.

WAVY news crews noticed the scene was in front of Mt. Nebo Rzua Church. A nearby resident, Aikeem Wilson, said the incident is distressing.

“It’s crazy, like you think a church would be a place for safety, a safe haven, but when you hear somebody getting killed in front of a church, it’s just like what is the world really coming to? How could you do something like this? It bothers me that it’s the black community doing it,” Wilson said.

Stevenson said memories of good times he had with his cousin will sustain him now. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

MAP: Hampton Roads Homicides 2014

No further information has been released. Stay with for updates as they become available.

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