Varina High School student identified as victim in homicide

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico Police confirmed Friday afternoon that Kivonte Laquan Sessoms, a student at Varina High School, was the victim of Thursday night’s homicide.

The 18-year-old victim was found shot at the intersection of Futura and Westover Avenues.

Sessoms was transported to VCU Medical Center where he later died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.

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There is no suspect information at this time.

Henrico Schools previously said the incident involved a Varina High School student. Henrico Police are currently at the school to offer support.

While police and school officials aren’t commenting specifically on the investigation, Henrico Schools have issued the following statement:

“Students and families may notice an increased police presence at Varina High School this morning. This is because of an unfortunate incident that took place last night involving a student. While we’re not immediately able to share full details because we’re waiting for family members to be notified, we do have additional support personnel on hand for any students or staff who need someone to talk to.”

Students tell 8News the mood inside Varina High School was somber on Friday.

“The school is really quiet and sad this morning,” Megan McGuire said. “Even if you didn’t really know him, it was very solemn.”

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Another student, Jeremiah Rhodes, told 8News that since he’s been in high school, he’s lost one school mate to cancer, another to suicide and now one to homicide.

“It showed us it could happen to anybody it showed us that no matter or where you are life can be gone just like that,” he said. “”We’re going to come together at some point; when a loss comes down, especially at Varina, we always come together when a loss comes down.”

The Henrico Police investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Henrico Police at (804) 501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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