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Richmond homicide victim had long history of arrest for trespassing

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Richmond murder 1RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Police are investigating a homicide that occurred early Monday evening, in the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike.

Police said they discovered an adult black male suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. He died on the scene.

Neighbors said they heard three or four gunshots around 6:25 p.m. Monday.  Family said the victim was Develle Thomas, age 21.

Court records show Thomas was a frequent unwelcome visitor in Midlothian Village Apartments.  Thomas has multiple charges against him for trespassing at the apartment complex. He also had assault charges, drug-related charges and failure to appear.


Detectives are following up on several strong leads and ask anyone with any information to please call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.



    • Clayton Bigsby

      He’s referring to Obamas comment, “if I had a son he’d look like Trayvon”. Also, nice job calling someone ignorant when 90% of people understood his comment. What does that make you???

      • Troll

        manalishi/clayton, yes you are ignorant. Intelligent people understand far more than you comprehend they do. But you will not understand that.

  • john

    Someone lost a life here. I never understood why the media likes to find dirt on shooting victims and share it with the public.

    • bobby james

      Provides context and possible explanation to why he was killed. Apparently nobody wanted him around and he was a criminal. Im not saying he deserved it, but he didnt put himself in a good position. Maybe if he treated people better, he’d still be around. His criminal record speaks directly to his character. Sorry, thats the way it works.

  • Terry Frigzell Brown

    No, Clayton your are ignorant. What is the world does President Obama, in case you forget his position, have to do with a shooting in Richmond? Who are these 90% people who understood his comment?

    • buzz

      Its called welfare and buying the votes. Destruction of society. You are another one that just does not get what welfare does do you? Now who is ignorant

      • Troll

        buzz, manalishi, clayton, you are ignorant regardless of which name you may be using. Your ugliness is sickening. I wonder if you would be hurt if your legal name and physical address were to be revealed. Hmmm.

    • B Addy

      They are the 90% with a brain Terry. And no , we can’t forget the title of the most pitiful excuse for a potus this country has had maybe ever. Now , why was this career criminal even on the streets to be shot at?

    • Clayton Bigsby

      To be clear, it’s 90% of the 47% that pays taxes that understood that. I don’t expect much from the 53% with their hands out constantly who blame everyone else for their lack of motivation. I certainly don’t expect them to follow and comprehend current events by reading the news. So, in answer to your question, “who are these people?” I guess you could just call us tax payers.

  • Sandy

    I’m not going to get into name calling, because it really serves no purpose. I think I’m relatively intelligent, however, I guess I fell into the 10% that didn’t get Mr. Mitchell’s comment. But on the logical side, I would assume that the President, given whatever failings you want to attribute to him, would have a son that probably looked more like Trayvon Martin than Messrs. Mitchell or Bigsby.


    Thank you all for backing me because no one knew what his ignorant a** was talking about. You came to your own conclusion with that one and once again, you are ignorant as he**. This comment is for CLAYTON dumd a**

  • Chyna

    It doesn’t matter what background or financial situation you come from it’s not right to lose your life.ok maybe jail for all the shit he’s done but not losing your life.

  • Chan

    I don’t understand what some people are talking about my friend like he wasn’t a person like each of the people that posted these ignorant comments. So trying to judge someone by what you hear isn’t always true.

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