RPS students identified as victims in south Richmond double-homicide

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police identified the two people who were found dead Wednesday in the 3600 block of Decatur Street as two teenaged Richmond Public Schools students.

Police said that Christian K. Singleton, 15, and Ketron R. Wells, 16, were found down and unresponsive in the street. Both were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds and pronounced dead at the scene.

Christian K. Singleton, 15, courtesy family members.

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said they are investigating the incident as a double homicide, making it the 28th homicide this year in the city of Richmond.

Durham commented on the killings.

“This is the second time this year that two teens, children, have been shot and killed together; last March in Mosby Court and now this. It is hard to imagine the pain their families are experiencing,” said RPD Chief Alfred Durham. “The only way we can bring some measure of comfort to them is to catch the killers. In both cases, our detectives need tips from the public to solve these crimes. Staying silent is no longer an option. I encourage anyone with information to tell us what you know.”

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden (left) and Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham (right)

Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden expressed his condolences to the young men’s families while acknowledging the impact this would have on education.

“I am deeply saddened by the deaths of two of our high school students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families at this time,” Bedden said. “We recognize the severe impacts that these unfortunate incidents have had on the culture and climate of our schools. Every time there is an act of violence involving our students, it disrupts our learning environment and increases the already existing challenges in helping our students achieve academic success. We will continue to work collaboratively with the Richmond Police Department as well as our community partners to ensure that the safety and well-being of our students remain paramount in our school system.”

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney also weighed in on the incident.

“The loss of any life is unacceptable, but the loss of our children to senseless gun violence is especially devastating to our community. It destroys not only family and loved ones, but it also robs this city of its future. We need more birthday parties and fewer vigils,” Stoney said.

Councilwoman Reva Trammell responded to the scene when it happened and told 8News she is sick of all the violence.

“When the hell is enough enough?” she said. “What’s it going to take? How many homicides now? Why do we wait for something like this to happen before we all come out here and do something?”

Trammel said as crime continues in the city, police officers are using every resource they have to combat the violence. She said she is calling on the justice system to help keep the criminals off of the streets.

“The police officers are locking them up they go to court, then you got judges that say let them back out on the street and they doing the same thing.” Trammel said. “I’m asking for the commonwealth attorney to come to the table these judges to come to the table all over.”

Thomas Williams said he heard the gunshots moments after he walked inside his home.

“I walked right there to see what was going on and they were laying in the grass,” Willams said. “That’s too close because we don’t have anything around here, any activity.”

Richmond police were leaving fliers with the homicide information on it. Williams said the neighborhood is on edge, knowing the people who did this could be walking around. He said he hopes someone will step forward and point police in the right direction.

“Now you have two people, two families that’s actually lost and they really didn’t deserve to be killed like that,” Williams said. “To work with cops really you’re working with your community your family and I think everybody should speak out and just tell them. Enough is enough.”

Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Fultz at (804) 646-3929 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.

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