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Chesterfield Police investigate graffiti about deceased Cosby High student

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR) – A CBS 6 viewer reached out to the newsroom after word spread on social media about a cryptic message at the site where a Cosby High School student took his own life last year.

Chesterfield County School spokesman Shawn Smith sent CBS 6 a copy of an email shared with Cosby High School students, that referenced a statement written in Hampton Park over the weekend.

JUSTICE FOR CALParents and students expressed concern, although the statement itself never referenced Cosby High School and no direct threat was made against the school or student.

The message was “JUSTICE FOR CAL STARTS 5/1/14.”

It was also allegedly spray-painted on a stop sign.

McAllister “Cal” Reilly, a 17-year-old graduating senior at Cosby High school, hung himself in a concrete tunnel under a roadway in the sprawling Hampton Park community in far western Chesterfield on June 2, 2013.

The walking tunnel connects two watery, park-like neighborhood vistas.

The principal's message said that Chesterfield Police – who CBS 6 contacted early Monday afternoon – were investigating.

“Police have spoken with several neighborhood resident today, and through those conversations have identified an adult who may have written this note,” the school statement said. “Police remain on school property continuing to investigate and will be here as long as needed.”


"It's a major topic right now," said high school student Kellen Hardcastle, who added that he had heard a lot of different things about what the message meant. "It all really depends on the person who tells you."

"It’s not the first time this bridge has been in the spotlight.

For days, 30 or more of Cal’s friends added spray-painted messages to an impromptu memorial in and around the tunnel.

Over the days, the brightly colored memories and messages grew until it became “Cal’s Tunnel.”

The spray painting controversy was discussed during the Hampton Park Homeowner’s Association board meeting in June 2013. Board members listened to concerns from homeowners and parents of distraught teens.

The board hired a contractor to paint over the tunnel.  Three adults and a group of juveniles were charged with felonies over the painting that were later nolle prossed. 


    • Gerry

      Not the same situation. I too hope to see Zimmerman get his just desserts. This is about suicide. What led him to do it? Was he bullied? Are his friends/realtives going to impart Justice like they did in the Wild west?

  • James Regal

    Hey Latosha… Travon Tooks his own life… anyone knows that when you attack a person that has a weapon you will get shot and very possible Killed… The man had every right to be there and be protecting his House and the others around him!! I have had my home broken into twice in 8 months now.. The police are watered down by all the pressure groups that they can no longer do there job… So thats when people like me and others have to protect there property themselves…

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