Man killed in first Hampton homicide of 2017

Jerrod Montrell Brown

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A 30-year-old Hampton man was killed in an overnight shooting, police said. This marks the first homicide in the city in 2017.

Officers were called to Quash Street near Foley Street around 2 a.m. for a report of shots fired. They found a man in the road who had been shot.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police later identified him as Jerrod Montrell Brown.

The victim’s mother, Joyce Brown, said she last saw him on Friday. She remembers what he told her.

“‘Ma, I love you.’ This is when he was getting ready to leave. I said, ‘I love you too, boo.'”

Then, early Tuesday, she received a phone call from her other son.

“My phone kept ringing and ringing. I know it rung two times and then it rung another time and maybe another time, and that last time it rung, my son was on there, talking, ‘Mom, mom,mom, get up!'”

She said she later learned from detectives that Jerrod had passed away.

“It was the worst news, but I try to be strong for myself and my family and I break down some times, but most of the time, I try to be strong about it,” she said.

Brown loved sports, played football growing in Hampton, and had just come back to the area from North Carolina a few months ago to help his parents, his family said. His daughter is 13.

Police Chief Terry Sult tweeted Tuesday morning that this shooting was the first homicide in Hampton this year.

10 On Your Side’s Rico Bush talked to a neighbor who lives near the scene, who did not want to be identified. She says that she did not hear any gunshots overnight, but saw the victim’s body.

“When you see a shooting and you actually see a body, that’s something,” she said. “Because some mother has to wake up this morning. Somebody has to knock on their door and say that your child is pronounced dead. Mothers are supposed to get buried first. A mother should not have to bury her child.”

Another witness says he was walking back to a family member’s home from a store when he heard gunshots. One woman says she heard one gunshot.

Detectives are working to investigate the motive and circumstances of the shooting. Call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP if you have any information that could help investigators.