Mother thanks witnesses in son’s murder case

Christopher Hare (Photo by NPD)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A grieving mother and Norfolk police are thanking a community for help in a recent murder case.

Back in November, Norfolk police had little to go on when they started investigating the murder of 17-year-old Travious Keeling on November 12. At the time, he was the second teenager in the city to be killed by gun violence in less than a week. After the shooting, Keeling’s house was covered in bullet holes.

At the beginning of the investigation, Sgt. Darryl Jarvis with the Norfolk Police Department said he hoped someone would come forward with information to piece it all together.

“We know people see these acts, we know there’s witnesses, we know there’s more to the story,” Jarvis said.

On Wednesday, police announced they got their big break in the case. Detectives said the Berkley community brought them information and witnesses started cooperating. They were able to charge 27-year-old Christopher Hare with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

By phone Thursday, Keeling’s mother said that she misses her son, whom she called a good and loving boy. She said she’s grateful for witnesses who came forward. Keeling’s mother said she knew the suspect, but not very well.

Hare declined to talk to WAVY News from jail. His father said Thursday that he didn’t know what happened, but he doesn’t think his son killed Keeling. He said Hare was supposed to join the United States Merchant Marines this month.

A person who lived on a different floor from the Keeling family said the suspect is like a family member to her, and she thinks he only came to check out the house after he heard gunshots.

Referencing Hare’s arrest and a recent arrest in another November teen murder case, Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith said the following in a press release:

I want to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to the community for their support and help during the investigation of these tragic incidents. The ongoing dialogue and relationship-building underway between the police department and citizens was integral in taking violent suspects off our streets. The successful conclusion of this case would not been made in such a timely manner without the direct assistance of the surrounding community, and the endless efforts and sacrifices of our Homicide Investigators, as well as Community Resource Officers. As we head into a new year, I look forward to continued collaboration with the community as we work together to reduce violence.

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