HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A 22-year-old was killed and his twin brother hospitalized after an early-morning shooting in Henrico County on Thursday.
Officers responded to a home on the 7700 block of Wilton Avenue at around 3:45 a.m. after someone made a call to 911 and hung up. Police said yelling, and possibly gunshots, could be heard in the background.
Once on scene, officers found one man, 22-year-old Konner R. Englehart, dead. Englehart’s twin brother, Kameron Englehart, had also been shot and was transported to a local hospital.
Police said they have a suspect, 34-year-old Robert Arthur Thorp, Jr., of Chesterfield County, in custody and there is no threat to the community at this time.
Thorp has been charged with 2nd-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, though a motive behind the shooting remains unclear.
8News spoke with the twins’ sister, who through tears explained that this isn’t the first time she’s lost a brother. In January 2018, her older brother — 29-year-old Kyle Englehart — went missing while boating on the James River. His body was recovered two months later.
“I’m just happy that at least one of them’s breathing and I have one brother left,” Kenzie Taylor said while fighting back tears. “I changed their diapers when I was like 7, so I grew up with them. That’s all I’ve known. When my oldest brother passed on, so now it’s like, ‘I’m just glad I have one brother left.'”
Taylor said Konner had been battling addiction and was suffering.
“I’m kind of glad his battle’s over because he wasn’t well,” Taylor said. “He wasn’t well for a couple of years. I’m glad that God has him now.”
“I’m just happy he’s at peace. That’s what gives me comfort.”Kenzie Taylor
She believes Konner died trying to protect his twin brother.
“I heard that one of the twins was shot and I immediately knew it was Konner. I just knew. I said Konner’s dead,” Taylor added. “They protect each other. That’s what they’ve always done ever since they were born. I’m pretty sure that Konner pretty much gave his life for Cameron.”
Kameron Englehart, who was hospitalized at VCU Medical Center, has since been released and is doing OK.