NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Detectives don’t want a weekend murder to grow cold. So they’re putting out a plea for information, hoping someone comes forward with the key piece of evidence to put a gunman behind bars.
Newport News police know who shot Michael Robinson, but they still haven’t been able to locate him. And while detectives search for that suspect, the one memorial on 22nd Street has grown to two — there have been two fatal shootings there, just one week apart.
The makeshift memorials are small reminders of the young lives lost. And police say they need help making the violence stop.
“I think everyone in the police department, everyone in the community, should be disturbed by what’s happening,” said Lou Thurston, Spokeman for the Newport News Police Department. “These are young people, and you kind of think, ‘when is it going to stop?’”
“People should step up to protect their community,” said Lt. Sherman Edwards. “This is where people live. This is where people have raised families. When criminals are allowed to commit violence and mayhem and they don’t have to suffer the consequences, then it’s the people in the community who suffer.”
Police say Trudale Devon Terry killed Robinson in the 1100 block of 22nd Street last Saturday, June 28. A woman was also shot during the incident, but got away. Investigators are thankful for tips that lead them to identify Terry, but now they need to know where he is.
“It’s messed up that after this right here somebody did that down there, period,” said Novien Bess. “We were just out here earlier that day and then later that night after his candlelight that happened.”
Police still don’t know who shot Bess’ friend, 19-year-old Rashad Lewis on June 22 on 22nd Street.
“He had the biggest smile, always joking around, always joking around,” Terrell Williams said. “Only way for it to come to an end is if the whole community get their mind right.”
Just hours after the vigil for Lewis, Michael Robinson, who was in attendance at the vigil, lost his life just feet away.
Newport News police are working with US Marshals to try and locate Trudale Terry. He’s facing charges for first-degree murder, use of a firearm and maiming. WAVY.com did some digging and found that Terry faced maiming charges before, but there wasn’t enough evidence to keep him behind bars.
If you have any information that could help police, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.