PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (WRIC) — A large New Year’s Eve party ended with two men dead in Prince George County, according to police.
The Prince George County Police Department said officers responded to a shooting at a bonfire party on the 8600 block of Ellis Road at 12:30 a.m.
When officers arrived they found two people with gunshot wounds laying on a grass field.
Tramaz Tynes, a 20-year-old from Surry County, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The second victim was Devon Clayton of Dinwiddie County. The 22-year-old was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.
8News reached Marquita Clanton, the cousin of Devon, by phone on Saturday. She said Devon was quiet and respectful. She said he always had a smile on his face. She was shocked to learn anyone would do this to him.
“His birthday is January the 11th. It’s right before his birthday and we are planning the funeral,” Clanton said in tears. “This is so shocking to us. That was our baby. He didn’t bother anybody and for somebody to take his life for nothing…it’s hurting and no family should have to go through this.”
Police don’t have a motive at this time and no arrests have been made.
Police estimated over 200 people were at the bonfire. They are confident these shootings were seen by those in attendance.
“I know someone may have video footage or even a description of this person and, if they do, I just hope and pray that they turn that information over to the Prince George Police Department so that my family will have justice,” Clanton said.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Detective Wayne Newsome at (804) 863-1863, email email@example.com, call the Prince George Police Department at (804) 733-2773 or Crime Solvers at 733-2777. You can also remain anonymous by using the P3tips app.