Thursday, October 4, 2018
His Name's Joshua Grey: Young White Male Murdered by 2 Black Teenagers in Richmond for His iPhone
Shot. ['He was a beautiful child': Parents reflect on son who was shot, killed, WRIC.com, 10-1-18]:
23-year-old Joshua Grey was shot and killed along Mechanicsville Turnpike on September 17th.
It's every parents worst nightmare and one the Grey family never imagined would happen to them. But on that day they received the call they'll never forget.
"It truly is the worst phone call a parent can receive," said Josh's mom, Diane Grey.
A state of disbelief and shock took over Michael and Diane Grey when they received that news from police, "That's when he told us that Josh had been shot and passed," Josh's dad Michael Grey recounted to 8News.
Their fun-loving, always smiling son wouldn't be coming home.
"Vibrant, lived every day, loved the water," said Diane about her son. "You know he was a beautiful child inside and out."
Josh had big dreams that were also cut short, "He wanted to model. He wanted his name and face to be out there."
Now, his family's just left with photos and memories.
"That first few days was just numbness, shock, this isn't possible and you just expect them to call or come through the door," Diane said. "It's just, it's unbelievable."
It didn't get any easier with the people responsible behind bars either, "Their lives have been ruined. I can't imagine what their families are going through. They've lost family members just as much as Josh," said Diane.
But they both want to see a change, "This isn't just happening to us or to our family, it's happening every single day."
The Grey's have created a memorial fund through New Kent High School in honor of Josh.
There's no chaser. Just another shot. [Teens arrested for killing man during iPhone robbery in Richmond: Crime Insider, WTVR.com, 9-28-18]:
Authorities said 2 teenage suspects have been arrested after a man was fatally shot during a robbery outside a Richmond convenience store last week.
Police said Tyshawn T. Andrews, 15, of the 1300 block of Coalter Street and Demeco T. Pressey-Robertson, 17, of the 2400 block of North 23rd Street were arrested earlier this week in the murder of 23-year-old Joshua A. Grey.
Police said both suspects were charged with murder, attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Since the juveniles were charged with murder in the commission of robbery or attempted robbery; they could face capital murder.
"Prosecutors really exercise discretion when they decide what’s going to be a death penalty case and there’s lots of factors that are taken into consideration including family wishes, evidence and the strength of the case. So, this could be a death penalty case," said CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone.
Officials said police were called to a convenience store at the intersection of Mechanicsville Turnpike and Carver Street for the report of a person down at 1:36 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.
When police arrived, they found Grey, of the 7200 block of Riverside Drive, in the store unresponsive. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police released surveillance video of the suspects earlier this week.
Grey's parents told CBS 6 Crime Insider Jon Burkett that an app used to sell items like furniture and phones contributed to their son's death.
Grey was shot and killed the same day a tornado outbreak spread across Central Virginia.
"It was the day of the tornado and I called [Josh's mom] and said did you talk to Josh today," Josh's dad said, who asked CBS 6 to hide his identity, said. "He had joined some app called ‘Letgo.'"
Similar to Craigslist, Letgo's an app that helps you buy and sell items to people nearby.
Josh Grey was lured to Mechanicsville Turnpike and shot dead, Crime Insider sources said.
The man seen in surveillance photos released by Richmond Police robbed Grey of his iPhone, Crime Insider sources indicated.
A wounded Grey crawled into a nearby convenience store and died.
"It's a senseless tragic crime," Grey's grieving dad said. "It never should've happened."
Grey was buried Sunday. His mom and dad said he must've been smiling down from heaven as his beloved Washington Redskins won that day.
"... crawled into a nearby convenience stored and died."
Murdered by 2 blacks for his iPhone. His name's Josh Grey. Do you understand now?
at 12:59 PM