Vigil held for man shot to death at Oceanfront

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — About 200 people gathered at a vigil Monday night, for a man who was shot at the Oceanfront over the weekend.

Police found 20-year-old Stratton Mitchell at Atlantic Avenue near 25th Street with gunshot wounds. The Chesapeake man died at a local hospital.

Those who knew Mitchell prayed together and shared stories about him at Camelot Park in Chesapeake Monday night.

Police told Mitchell’s shooting was not tied to the College Beach Weekend gathering, but his friend, Lasanna Hines, told 10 On Your Side he was at the Oceanfront for that specific event.

“A lot of friends did, and I was down there at the time. I just didn’t see him,” Hines said. “I just feel like if I saw him, he would’ve been like, ‘Hey sis, how are you doing?’ Maybe that would’ve changed something.”

Virginia Beach police have not named any suspects in this case. 10 On Your Side learned about 60 police officers were still on duty at the oceanfront around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, when the shooting happened.

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