Clerk murdered during armed robbery at Chesterfield hotel was beloved son, husband and father

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police are investigating after a clerk was shot and killed during an armed robbery at a Chesterfield County EconoLodge Thursday night.

Police said they were called to the hotel, located at 310 Indian Hill Road, for a reported shooting at roughly 10:57 p.m. When they arrived they found the clerk, who was later identified as 43-year-old Jerry Vadal Colyer of the 2700 block of Haden Avenue in Richmond, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

Police said the suspect entered the business, displayed a handgun, and demanded money from the register. Upon receiving cash and shooting the clerk, the suspect fled on foot towards Woods Edge Road. The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a red long sleeve hooded sweatshirt, red-brimmed hat, jeans, dark colored shoes and a dark-colored belt.

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Family members described Colyer as a beloved son, husband and father to a baby girl.

62e82c048897413d828a7348fa3018f0“Jerry was a very loving and kind person,” Jerry’s mother, Edith Colyer, told 8News Reporter Jonathan Costen.  “He got along with everybody, he had a pleasing personality, there was nothing he wouldn’t do for anybody. He would give you the shirt off of his back.”

The victim’s mother added that she has already forgiven whoever took her son’s life and is praying for them.

“He got along with everybody, he had a pleasing personality, there was nothing he wouldn’t do for anybody. He would give you the shirt off of his back.”

“We just pray for the person, whoever done this, know that we forgive you,” she said. “We love everybody. God is good. We’re going to get through this.”

Colyer’s family lives across the street from a shaken councilwoman, Reva Trammel.

4b7b52ed9699468eae6840759cee41c8-1“What the hell is happening? What the hell is happening?” she said. “Why shoot and kill someone? They give you what you ask for, then you go and shoot them?”

Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or http://www.crimesolvers.net.

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