NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The family and friends of Eric VanNostrand are trying to stay strong despite their immense grief. VanNostrand, who was 24 years-old, was found dead off J. Clyde Morris Boulevard around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
“I’ve known him for eight years,” said VanNostrand’s friend, Tim Brown. “But, these past four days have felt longer than that.”
According to a police spokesman, VanNostrand’s body was found in a grassy area between a motel and Mini Price Self Storage. Investigators are not releasing his cause of death, due to the ongoing investigation.
“My heart was breaking because I was fearing that he suffered so long,” said VanNostrand’s mother, Gina Kim.
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.
She and her son’s friends are all scratching their heads, wondering what could have happened to him after he left. Kim said her son never went anywhere by himself and he only spent time with people he trusted.
“Somebody had to take him there,” Kim said. “He doesn’t have a car. So somebody had to take him where he went.”
Until they have more answers, VanNostrand’s loved ones are focusing on the positive. They have beautiful memories of VanNostrand, who loved to make others happy.
“Even now it’s hard to imagine him not smiling,” Brown said.
Friends have set up a fund to help pay for VanNostrand’s funeral on Sunday. You can find more information on the fund by clicking here. You can also make a donation through Bank of America and ‘Eric Vannostrand’s Memorial Fund.’
Anyone with information that could help investigators are asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.