Friends search for answers after Richmond man’s murder

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Friends of a Richmond man are looking for answers after 54-year-old Jimmy Bishop was murdered in Richmond’s Southside Monday night.

“Jimmy was just a good guy who was always there for people,” said friend Stephen Konwerski.

Bishop was known along Jefferson Davis Highway as ‘Lawnmower Jimmy.’ He was famous for being a friendly and familiar face, who drove a riding lawnmower.

“You can’t really put into words the type of person he was because there’s not many folks left like him and probably never will be,” said Konwerski.

Friends said they can’t seem to think of motive behind the murder.

“He’s such a good ‘ol guy, I can’t see why anyone would shoot him,” said friend Michael Murphy.

They hope that someone will come forward with information about his death.

“Whoever did this will do this to anybody if they hurt Jimmy,” said Konwerski. They’d do it to you your family anybody.”

Jimmy was even a longtime friend of city councilwoman Reva Trammell, the 8th district representative.

“Why shoot him? Why kill him? What did you get out of it? What did you get in return for taking his life,” said Reva Trammell.

She said she is looking at the bigger picture, this murder, being the city’s 43rd homicide.

“It’s just not in south side or per say the eighth district, it’s all over the city,” said Trammell.

Trammell said the mayor and fellow city council members need to speak up and look at what they can do to make a change.

“Our police officers can’t do it all by themselves, the citizens can’t do it all by themselves,” said Trammell. “This now is scaring our citizens.”

Trammell said the city needs to give the police department more funding so they can hire more officers.

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