Sailor dies after robbery attempt in Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Police officers are investigating a homicide after a man died from his injuries in the Wards Corner section of the city early Saturday morning.

Emergency dispatchers say they got the call just before 3 a.m. Officers responded to 7800 Ogden Avenue, where they found a man suffering from a single gunshot wound. Medics took the man to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Michael A. Raether, last known to reside on a Norfolk-based Naval ship, according to Norfolk Police Department.

Cindy Evans, Raether’s mother spoke to 10 On Your Side by phone from Kentucky. “He was a good kid. He was a great guy. A great father,” she said.

Raether was a husband and father of two. Evans said she got the dreadful news early Saturday morning.

“Actually we got a phone call from his friend that was there and gave him CPR,” Evans said.

The attempt to save his life was unsuccessful and the reality is painful. Evans said Raether was killed on his son Camdyn’s 3rd birthday. In fact, he’d been planning a trip home next week to celebrate with both children. His daughter, Aubree has a birthday next month.

“They kind of try to do a joint party whenever they can when leave provides, so they were going to do a joint birthday party when he was here,” Evans said.

According to the family, Raether was stationed aboard the USS George Bush. June would have made four years in the Navy. Evans said Raether was following a long family tradition to serve. He has a brother still stationed in Norfolk.

Evans will most miss her son’s sense of humor. “He was happy. He smiled. He was a great dad. He was funny. He just lived life,” she said.

Now this grieving mother wants justice and the person responsible for this crime captured.

“I do want the person caught. Yeah I’m starting to get angry because they took something amazing from me,” she said.

The family is working to get Raether’s remains back to his home in Kentucky.

10 On Your Side also spoke to Raether’s wife Tashia. She said the two had only been married less than three years. Norfolk had been her husband’s duty station since 2014.

Police determined he was a target of an attempted robbery. During the robbery, the suspect shot the victim and ran from the scene. Police have only given 10 On Your Side a vague description of a male suspect.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.