RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Richmond teen died hours after being shot near his home on Sunday.
Officers responded to the 2000 block of Accommodation Street for reports of a shooting in the area at 7:02 p.m. on Dec. 1. A teen suffering from a gunshot wound was found at the scene, police said.
On Monday, Richmond police identified the victim as 17-year-old J-Mari R. Saunders. The teen, from the 1900 block of Accommodation Street, died “several hours” after being taken to the hospital, according to police.
Saunders friend told 8News the 17-year-old was a funny kid who had dreams of joining the Marines.
The friend said Saunders’ death is like losing a member of her family and she doesn’t understand why this happened.
“I really don’t know, I just love him to death,” she said.
Saunders was the victim of five shootings throughout Richmond this weekend, and one of two people killed.
“After he done passed I don’t want to be nowhere near Mosby, nowhere,” Saunders’ close friend said.
Saunders was a goofy, cool teen that would rap, hang out with anyone, and overall just liked to have fun, his friend said.
“Yeah, I don’t understand it. Like why would they take him out? Out of all the people,” she said.
Police said the medical examiner will determine the cause and manner of Saunders’ death.
Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story.