Monday, May 2, 2016

Victim Identified in Midlothian Turnpike Hotel Homicide

May 1, 2016

The Richmond Police Department has identified the victim from last evening’s homicide as Wayne M. Smith, Jr., 34, of the 6300 block of Midlothian Turnpike.

At approximately 6:17 p.m., officers were called to the Richmond Inn & Suites at 6346 Midlothian Turnpike for the report of a person down. Officers arrived and found Smith in the courtyard of the hotel suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he died.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

Detectives are investigating and have very strong leads in this case.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Amira Sleem at 804 646-3871 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

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