Pregnant Widow of Man Shot to Death in SUV Wants Answers

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The widow of a man found shot to death inside his SUV in Gilpin Court wants answers. Who killed Lyle McMurtray and why? Carmela Rosell-McMurtray went door-to-door with Richmond Police, asking anyone who knows anything to come forward.

“My husband was shot and killed over there and left to die,” Rosell-McMurtray fights back tears as she visits the neighborhood for the first time since her 23-year-old husband was taken away so suddenly on May 31. “We just got married in April, and he’s my best friend, you know. But he’s never coming home again.”

Rosell-McMurtray says Lyle went to church, helped to start a homeless shelter in Gloucester and could not wait to be a dad. She’s currently four-months pregnant with his baby. He was also adopting her two children, ages three and five. Their plans for forever were shattered in what Richmond Police are calling a drug-related homicide.

“We’ve been getting a lot of tips from the community. We just need one more piece of the puzzle to make an arrest in this case,” says Sgt. Rick Edwards who canvassed Gilpin Court with Rosell-McMurtray.

They left fliers with neighbors and talked about the $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. “He deserves to have somebody brought in. He doesn’t deserve to die in vain, and we deserve to know why, why would they want to take him,” Rosell-McMurtray says.

This murder happened during a particularly violent weekend in Richmond, and a grieving widow doesn’t want it to be forgotten. “He was the best man I knew. He set an example for all men. He was the rock in the family,” a tearful Rosell-McMurtray says about Lyle. “It’s hard. Every day I wait to pick up and have a text from him or wait for him to call or think he’s at work, and then I have to come to the realization that he’s not coming home anymore.”

Richmond Police want to know if anyone had seen Lyle McMurtray’s SUV in Gilpin Court before the night of the murder. It’s a white 2001 Yukon Denali. Call Crime Stoppers with information.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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