Teen shot and killed in Richmond Tuesday

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Richmond police on patrol in the Iron Triangle earlier this year (photo by Robert Rogers)

A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed late Tuesday night as he walked down a residential street in an Iron Triangle neighborhood.

The boy, who police have not yet identified, was conversing with a group of teens and young adults near the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Eighth Street around 9:40 p.m. before he walked off alone, said Richmond Police Det. Nicole Abetkov.

“We think he was with the group, then after he walked away someone came up and shot him numerous times,” Abetkov said.

Abetkov could only identify the victim as a 17-year-old Latino male, but noted that early indications are that he was local student with no criminal history or gang involvement.

All of the victim’s gunshot wounds appeared to be in his back, Abetkov said.

“He looks like just a good kid,” Abetkov said. “We don’t see any connection with the recent (gang violence) at this time.”

No suspects are in custody and police do not yet have a motive, Abetkov said.

Tuesday’s killing marks Richmond’s 24th homicide this year. Last month, nine homicides occurred in the city, most stemming from a violent feud between rival central and North Richmond neighborhoods.

The shooting occurred near the geographic center of the Iron Triangle, just a few blocks from Peres Elementary School.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Hector Esparza at (510) 620-6673 or use the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (510) 232-TIPS or send tips by text message or email to Tips2RPD@richmondpd.net.


  1. Question

    What ever happened to the highly touted Joint Task Force? Are the Sheriff Dept. and RPD still working together? Have any arrests been made for any of city’s murders? For any of North Richmond’s murders?

    • Robert Rogers Post author

      At this time, we know of no arrests involving any of the recent homicides. That doesn’t mean that there definitely have not been any, but I have asked around and not received any word. I will keep asking.

      As for the joint task force, we will update that story soon.

      Thank you for reading and responding.


  2. Susana

    We are asking for donations for burial expense for the family who lost their so this past Tuesday night in a cruel shooting. The familiy has no funds for the burial of their son. Any one who can help, please contact Father Filiberto at St Conrnelious Church in Richmond.

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