VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach police say a man was shot and killed in the Manchester Village area of Green Run Tuesday night.
The shooting happened around 9:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of South Rosemont Road, at the intersection with Harbinger Road.
Officer Jimmy Cason, with the Virginia Beach Police Department, said responding officers found 42-year-old Guy Lavon Cuffee in a parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It’s just, it’s sad,” Cufffe’s brother-in-law Maurice Browder said.
Cuffee’s aunt, Judy Cuffee Johnson, said, “A good life is gone. That was a young man that loved life.”
Johnson said her nephew will never be forgotten. The family said he was known for three things: going to work, going to church and taking care of his 25, 22, and 19-year old daughters, along with his 3-year-old granddaughter and 6-month-old grandson.
“He loved them girls and he loved his grandchildren. You could see when he would hold his grandkids, he was proud that he was a grandfather,” Browder said.
Family members on scene Tuesday night said Cuffee was on his way to pick up his daughter. When the daughter walked out, she discovered her father in the car.
“He went there to pick her up to take her to work. He was there to pick up his daughter. When he called and told her he was outside, the young children came out and [the suspects] had already killed their dad. It looked like he had opened the door trying to get out of the truck. They shot him in the truck,” Johnson said. “Someone so loved gone so soon for what? It doesn’t make sense.”
The family says they forgive the person who took a life too soon, but they want justice. Until it comes, they are holding onto their faith to get through.
“It’s heavy and it hurts. I mean, it hurts when someone like this, no sickness, nothing like that, all of a sudden you are here and then you are gone. It hurts, but we ask God for strength,” Johnson said.
The scene is located very close to where a man was shot in the back the night before.
Officer Cason told 10 On Your Side through email, “The relationship of this homicide, if any, to the Monday night shooting remains to be seen. Our detectives are following all possible leads.”
Both cases remain under investigation.