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Shooting victim was high school basketball star who ‘looked out for others’

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - The man who was shot and killed outside a Chesterfield apartment Thursday morning was a former high school basketball star who went on to play in college.

Police identified the victim as 23-year-old David Emmanuel-Sinclair Copeland of Meadowdale Boulevard.

Copeland was Chesterfield Community High School's all-time leading scorer in basketball when he graduated in 2009, according to his former coach Toby Campbell.

Campbell described Copeland as the most decorated student athlete.  Just a caring person, who was known to have a great sense of humor.

"[He] always looked out for others," Copeland told CBS 6 reporter Sandra Jones. "[He] was very competitive on the court."

Copeland went on to play basketball at Grambling State University. The university's website indicated Copeland last played for Grambling during the 2011-2012 season.

His former coach said Copeland sat this year out to spend time with his family working at Comcast and had planned to transfer to another school.

Until this unfortunate situation unfolded at this apartment complex that has many neighbors asking why.

"We don't even know what the motivation is. Let the Chesterfield police do their job," said Darrel Washington, concerned neighbor.

“At about 12:43 a.m. today, police responded to the 3300 block of Meadowdale Boulevard for a report of multiple shots fired,” police said via email. “Upon arrival, police located two adult male shooting victims.”

Copeland died at the scene. A second victim was taken to VCU Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

"I was just laying in my bed. And then I just heard like seven, eight, ten gunshots go off," said Kubosh Washington.

Kubosh Washington told CBS 6, he heard the commotion outside of his front door.

"I'm like who's out here shooting in Chesterfield," said Washington.

According to police - the shooting followed an altercation in the parking lot at the complex. But they wouldn't go into details.

Police are looking for multiple suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.


  • yale

    he played basketball so he couldnt have been up to no good at 1 in the morning so there has to be another explanation,right?

  • Shelly

    “I’m like who’s out here shooting in Chesterfield,” said Washington.

    So you cant get shot..there are no shootings…people dont get killed in Chesterfield? lol, I can’t stand boogie people. Yes, it goes down in the county too. No matter if it’s less often; there is no surprise here.

  • Lisa Davis

    My Condolences to the family, lean on the Lord to get you through this terrible time in your life. India, Auntie Lisa is here for you. I love you and I will be praying for you all.

  • T

    just because you are up at 1am in the morning does not mean you are up no good…everyone doesnt go to sleep at 8pm…that statement made no sense

    • T

      but RIP…i didnt personally know him but i see alot of my friends did..very sad he had to loose his life over something im pretty sure wasnt even that serious smh

  • z.worthy

    I knew David’s family,when they lived in NYC. He is the grandson of
    Bishop James F.Copeland. A man who was a father too many.
    When we heard the news, we prayed for the family. Many of remember king David, as his grandfather used to call him, as a child, although I haven’t not seen the family in years, my heart prays for them and with them.

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