Man shot, killed in Portsmouth identified

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A homicide investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed Monday afternoon in Portsmouth, police say.

Police tell 10 On Your Side they got a call just after 2:30 p.m. for an unknown problem. When officers arrived on Wilcox Avenue, they found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper chest. Medics responded and pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police later identified the man as 26-year-old Joshua Sykes, of Portsmouth.

“It’s just wrong, this is very wrong,” said J.B. Cameron, who was friends with Sykes. “I found out on Facebook first and then I just couldn’t believe it.”

Police stayed on scene for hours as friends, family and neighbors looked on in shock. They described him as good-spirited with a good heart.

Cameron said, “I just don’t understand why somebody would do something like this to a good person. I don’t understand.”

The investigation into this homicide is ongoing and no motive or suspect information is available. Detectives are asking anyone with information about this incident to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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