Parents of young chef killed outside Richmond station offer reward for justice

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The parents of a 23-year-old man shot dead outside Richmond’s main street station are offering a $3,500 cash reward leading to the conviction of their son’s killer.

The suspect, seen casually walking away from the crime scene in the early morning hours of May 21, was seen in security video wearing a light-colored t-shirt, pants, sneakers and a baseball cap as Xavier Brown lay lifeless a few yards away.

Brown’s mother, LaTasha Dodson, said her son, a young chef, had just left a nightclub where he was helping with catering and was found “just a few feet from his [parked] self.”

“He had goals, dreams and aspirations,” Dodson told 8News on Tuesday. “He was determined to be, as he would say, the best leader in 804. Those are his words.”

The circumstances of how the tragedy unfolded are unconfirmed, but police hope the security video can open the case.

Visibly holding back his emotions during an interview with 8News, Brown’s father, Andre Brown, believes that if someone withholds crucial information, they are also guilty of wrongdoing.

“I hold them just as responsible as the person who pulled the trigger, to sit back and not say anything, not to come forward,” he said. “It’s just as equivalent, just as bad.”

Richmond police spokesman James Mercante described why video of the suspect could move the case forward, saying, “just the way the person walks and the way they stand, someone can say, “I know who that is,” and the detectives want to hear about that person. ”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Major Crimes Detective Mr. Gouldman at 804-646-3915 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

Meanwhile, Brown’s family is working to launch a culinary scholarship in his honor – another family terror-stricken by gun violence in Richmond, wanting to make sure his young life isn’t forgotten.

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