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Eighth-grade girl in Virginia fatally shot, teen suspect arrested day after

Claudia Conway - Local news

Following an extensive manhunt for the suspect connected to the murder of eighth-grader Lucia Bremer, a teen runaway was arrested and identified as the culprit. 

At around 3:15 PM on Saturday, a juvenile was arrested in Henrico County, VA following a manhunt that connected to the fatal shooting of an eighth-grade girl named Lucia Bremer. The suspect, whose name has not been disclosed due to his age, was taken into custody at a home about a half-mile from where the shooting happened and has been charged with second-degree murder.

According to Fox News, Henrico Police stated, “Detectives worked tirelessly throughout the night to follow up on leads provided by our community partners.” A Saturday release from Henrico police stated that the suspect was a juvenile male brought into custody under petitions for second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by juvenile, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

On Friday afternoon, eighth grade Virginia student Lucia Bremer was shot and killed outside of a home in the Gayton Forest West subdivision of Henrico County. Police said they arrived at the 1900 block of Hickoryridge Road around 4:30 PM, where they found the teenage girl shot. Officers called in multiple resources as they searched for the suspect. Bremer was treated and rushed to a hospital, but was declared dead according to a statement issued by the Henrico County Police Department at 9:30 PM. Officers identified the suspect as “a younger Black male who is 5-feet, 8-inches tall and 125 pounds.” 

The neighborhood in which Bremer died is located directly behind Mills E. Godwin High School in western Henrico County. A football game was scheduled between Godwin and Henrico High Schools that night, but was cancelled after news of the shooting. 

Meagan Cinder, who resides just a few homes down from where the shooting occurred, heard five to eight gunshots and immediately grew concerned. “I ran over there, I didn’t see anybody but there were some yard guys down the street yelling, ‘Gunman, gunman!’ and I was just screaming for my husband to hurry home,” Cinder told 8News. The same source reports that a witness of the shooting was working on a home in the neighborhood when he saw two girls walking on a path that leads to Godwin High School being closely followed by a man. He attempted to administer CPR to Bremer after she was shot multiple times. Cinder also stated, “I know those two little girls. They’re only like 12 years old, they’re not very old at all so it’s just heartbreaking that this would happen. There’s a ton of kids in our neighborhood.” 

Bremer’s family wrote in a Facebook statement that they were “saddened to report that our beloved daughter and joyful farmer, Lucia Whalen Bremer, was killed in a senseless act of gun violence on March 26.” Melanie Phipps, principal of Bremer’s Quioccasin Middle School in Richmond, described Lucia as “funny” and “wise,” adding that she was “heartbroken and devastated” over her killing. Bremer’s English teacher, Mr. David Whitehouse, stated, “In a year of difficult days and weeks, this will be the most difficult of my entire career.” 

As the family and friends of Lucia Bremer mourn her tragic death, the juvenile in suspect has been transported to Henrico County Sheriff’s Office and the incident will continue to be investigated by Henrico County police. 

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