NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News police were called to the Motel 6 at 797 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. around 6:27 a.m. Saturday, and found a man dead next to the building.
According to a police spokesman, 24 year-old Eric Vincent VanNostrand’s body was found in a grassy area between the motel and Mini Price Self Storage.
People staying at the motel said they woke up Saturday morning to police all over the complex. Troy Conyers said an officer knocked on his motel room door and asked if he had seen anything overnight.
“I didn’t know if I wanted to stay or leave,” said Conyers.
Police said VanNostrand had multiple visible injuries. However, they would not release information on what type of injuries they were. The Medical Examiner will determine how the Newport News man died.
VanNostrand’s mother, Gina Kim, told WAVY.com her son was at her home on Friday night. He left sometime between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. and was picked up by people he knew. Both friends of the victim and Kim said they didn’t know what he was doing in the area near the motel.
Kim said she found out about her son’s death when a friend of his contacted her on Saturday morning. Police later came to her home and brought a picture for Kim to identify VanNostrand.
She said her son was a generous and loving child with a lot of friends in the area.
Now Kim’s hope is for the person responsible for her son’s death to be found.
Friends and family organized a candlelight memorial for VanNostrand. The memorial was held at Huntington Park Beach in Newport News on Sunday.