Teen dies after Christmas Eve shooting; Suspect in custody

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WRIC) — Police are investigating after a teenager was shot to death at a Christmas Eve gathering in Colonial Heights Sunday night.

Police said the incident happened in the 500 block of Riverview Road in Colonial Heights.

According to police, Jeffrey Kyle Stephenson pulled out a gun and fired among the group of people. Stephenson, 23, is a resident of Prince George County.

Jeffrey Kyle Stephenson, image courtesy of Riverside Regional Jail

The teenager who was shot was taken to Tri-Cities ER, where he died from his injuries.

Stephenson has been charged with 2nd-Degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

He’s being held without bond at Riverside Regional Jail. He will next appear in General District Court on Dec. 27 at 10:45 a.m.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family raise money to cover funeral costs.

The page said that the teen who died was Ian Butler, a 9th grader at Colonial Heights High School.

Prince George County Police assisted with the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Colonial Heights Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660

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