Family speaks about mystery surrounding son’s death

Demetrius White (Photo courtesy family members of White).

PORTSMOUTH, Va, (WAVY) — A man with a gunshot wound walked into a local emergency room Sunday afternoon and died shortly after. Where, when or by whom he was shot remains a mystery.

Demetrius White, of Chesapeake, walked into Maryview Hospital around 12:31 p.m. He had been shot in the leg and chest, and quickly succumbed to his injuries.

Portsmouth police initially said White was 24-years-old, but his family members tell he was 22-years-old.

“It’s almost unbearable,” said Jerome White, the victim’s father. “You just feel like you’re just going through the motions now.”

Jerome White said his son grew up in Portsmouth, but was most recently living in Chesapeake. White said he and his family are desperate for answers as to why the 22-year-old was shot and killed. Investigators say they are significantly challenged with White’s case because they don’t know when the shooting happened or where the crime scene is.

“In this case, we have nothing,” explained Portsmouth Police Detective Misty Holley. “We had no gunshots fired, no one hearing fireworks, no one seeing anyone suspicious or seeing anyone walking down the street injured. All we had is that an individual showed up at the hospital with gunshot wounds, and that’s it.”

Holley said are trying to narrow down the location of the crime scene by asking family and friends when they last saw White. So far, police have received very little information that could turn into a lead for investigators. They’ve followed up on a few tips, but nothing has been confirmed.

“We don’t know if he was shot here in Portsmouth. We don’t know if he was in Chesapeake or Norfolk. That’s what is making this case hard,” Holley said.

Investigators do believe White flagged someone down and that person then drove him to Maryview Hospital. However, the driver told police he or she had no knowledge of where the shooting took place.

“I need closure,” Jerome White said. “My wife needs closure. Family needs closure. We just want to put out there, if anybody has information, please feel free to come forward. It will help tremendously.”

Anyone with information about White’s death or his whereabouts leading up to Sunday afternoon is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.

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