2 men arrested, 3rd man remains at large in 9-year-old Markiya Dickson’s shooting death

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police say they have made arrests in the death of Markiya Dickson, who was shot and killed during a Memorial Day weekend cookout.

(9-year-old Markiya Dickson)

At a press conference on Friday, Mayor Levar Stoney and Richmond Police said two men, Quinshawn Betts, 18, and Jermaine Davis, 21, have been arrested. Police said there is also a third man, 20-year-old Jesus Turner, who is expected to turn himself in.

(left) 21-year-old Jermaine Davis, (center) 18-year-old Quinshawn Betts, and (right) 20-year-old Jesus Turner

Police said the arrests were made over the last 36 hours. Betts and Davis have been charged with murder, two counts of malicious wounding, and three counts of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Turner will be served with all six outstanding felony indictments when he is apprehended.

“These arrests can be attributed to two main factors,” said RPD Chief William C. Smith. “Great work by Detective Neifeld and his team of detectives and tips received from residents who were outraged by the death of a young child due to senseless gun violence. But, as with any investigation, we strongly still urge people with information to come forward.”

The 9-year-old Richmond girl was killed in a shooting at Carter Jones Park in Richmond on May 26. An 11-year-old boy, who was also at the park, was shot but survived.

“At this time, we are not prepared to release additional details on exactly how the shooting occurred including who fired the fatal shot,” said RPD Major Crimes Captain James J. Laino at Friday’s press conference.

Turner, the suspect at large, is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds. He is from southern Chesterfield County but is known to frequent the Whitcomb Court area. He should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Markiya’s parents, Mark Whitfield and Ciara Dickson, told 8News that their family stopped by a community cookout at the park. They say men on the basketball court started shooting into the crowd and Markiya was running to safety when she was shot. 

“She was my bundle of joy. I can’t get her back … my life is shattered,” C. Dickson said. 

Since the young girl’s tragic death, the FBI in June offered a $20K reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

In September, Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), Virginia’s 7th Congressional District representative, addressed the House floor to honor Dickson and “to continue her own efforts to advance gun safety legislation in the House,” according to her spokesperson.

Anyone with additional information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective B. Neifeld at (804) 646-3246 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com with tips. The P3 Tips App may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story.

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