Ten years ago this weekend, a Marine was murdered in cold blood on the streets of Richmond.
His killer has never been found and his family is desperate for answers.
Randolph Scott Jr. loved his mother, served his country, and was a friend to all.
Early on the morning of January 17, 2005, he was shot while visiting a friend on Lauradale Lane.
His mother, Roslyn Cousins, learned the news when a police officer showed up at her door.
“I couldn’t believe what he was saying,” Cousins told 8News senior reporter Nate Eaton. “My whole life was devastated at that second.”
Scott was visiting a friend on the street where he grew up.
He’d long since joined the Marines and his family had moved away but the neighborhood felt like home.
“He was murdered on the street that was safe where he grew up on,” Cousins said. “He never got a scratch on that street.”
Scott’s death has haunted detectives for ten years.
“It was a bitterly cold night,” said Richmond police Captain Emmett Williams. “It’s easy to remember.”
Police call Scott’s murder senseless and believe somebody knows something because people were outside in the area when he was shot.
“We need that one witness to come forward and say, ‘I was there,’” Williams added. “It’s not going take much to crack this case wide open.”
That’s what Scott’s family wants and it’s what they think about every time they visit his grave site.
“They need to come forth and tell the truth and free my son,” said Scott’s dad, Randolph Scott Sr.
“I’m gonna be hurting for the rest of my living, breathing life that my child was taken away from me,” said Cousins.
A prayer vigil for Scott will be held Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. at the corner of Lauradale and Pompey Spring in Richmond.
You’re asked to wear red and bring a balloon.
An eleven thousand dollar reward is being offered for information leading to Scott’s killer. Call Crimestoppers at 804-780-1000 if you can help.