PRINCE GEORGE – Police have said the second victim found by gunshot at the start of New Years Day at a holiday party in a field in eastern County has died.
Devon Clinton, 22, of Dinwiddie County, died at VCU Medical Center in Richmond where he was taken after officers found him and Tramaz Tynes, 20, of Surry County around 12:30 am Tynes died on places.
Prince George Police Chief Keith Early said the victims were among some 200 people who had gathered for a bonfire in the Spring Grove area of Prince George. Gunfire interrupted the celebration and Early said attendees were dispersing as officers arrived at the scene.
So far, no witnesses have come forward to say what triggered the gunfire. Early said he was “confident the shots were seen by those present”.
Demonte Parham posted a video of the event before the shooting where he mourned the loss of his friend.
“Washing your blood off my hands last night didn’t even feel real to me (crying emoji),” Parham wrote. “Everything was good. I still don’t know how or why it happened. Holding your hand watching you fight for your life won’t be easy, bruh. You’re watching over us now, mate.
Joseph Tyree added on Facebook: “Too many people leave here too early, too young.
Tynes was a running back for the Williamsburg Colonials semi-professional football team.
“You will never be forgotten by our franchise as one of the best players at this level,” the team said on Facebook
Anyone with information on events on the ground is urged to contact Prince George Police at (804) 733-2773 or Crime Solvers at (804) 733-2777.
Bill Atkinson (he / him / her) is the Daily Information Coach for USA TODAY’s Unified Central Southeast Region, which includes Virginia, West Virginia and central North Carolina. He is based in Petersburg, Virginia. Contact him at [email protected]
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