CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Chesterfield Police Department is asking for the public’s help with an unsolved murder from nearly five years ago.
Police said at about 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2016, police responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at the Econo Lodge on 2310 Indian Hill Road. When officers arrived, they found a man, later identified as s Jerry Vadal Colyer Jr., 43, of the 2700 block of Haden Avenu, shot. He died at the scene.
Chesterfield police responded to the scene to find Colyer wounded and he died at the scene. His father, Jerry Colyer Sr., recalled the moments after he found out his son died.
“I always thought I was a man that could take any kind of pain, but that was a type of pain that hurts,” he said.
Police said the shooter left with a small amount of cash and believe this may have been a group involved in a string of robberies.
The FBI also got involved in the case. Supervisory Special Agent Mark Knoll said the Richmond FBI division partnered with police to solve the case.
“It’s a violation of federal law to rob a business because it affects interstate commerce,” he said.
Colyer was a husband, father and brother.
His sister Ericka Colyer said their mother died before getting the answers as to who killed her son.
“That was kind of like another hit and so I know all she wanted to know was who did it and why,” she said.
Chesterfield police are still seeking information that leads to an arrest or conviction in the case. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000.
Police have released a 13-minute long video about the case, which includes interviews, archival photos and surveillance video. You can watch it below:
Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department’s Unsolved/Major Investigations Group at 804-717-6024 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.
Information that leads to a successful conviction in the case may receive a $20,000 reward from the Federal Bureau of investigation.