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A year later, no leads on brutal murder of Meadowbrook High teen

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- It's been more than a year since a local high school senior was shot and killed feet from his home, just weeks from graduation.

Matthew McDaniel, age 18, was shot to death at point blank range about 100 yards from his front door over Mother’s Day weekend 2013.

He was less than a month from graduating from Meadowbrook High School.

Matthew’s killer remains on the loose, and now there is a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Johnny McDaniel,  drives up from Florida every three or four months, hoping to find out who shot his son. He says he's not going to stop driving up until he gets answers.

McDaniel is now soliciting help from Senator Mark Warner (D - Virginia) hoping the senator can take his painful message to Capitol Hill.

Matthew McDaniel

"I want to bring awareness to gun control, I do not know who murdered my son or why? I am a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment,” McDaniel said. “We can still pass responsible legislation without infringing on gun owners’ rights."

"I just want to hug him and tell him I love him one more time,” he said. "I’m not going to let this go away."

He says the road trips will end once his son’s killer is caught and convicted.

"I don't get to share anything with my son no more and I want the person who did this to pay," he said.

Johnny McDaniel says fighting his feelings of anger and outrage is a constant struggle, adding his son didn't have enemies, wasn't a troublemaker and didn't deserve to die.

Matthew McDaniel
A sympathetic Senator Warner hopes the community can help.

"I can't imagine losing a child to any kind of violence,” Sen. Warner said. “My heart goes out to him and there's certainly more we can do at a community level."

Chesterfield detectives said they don't have any new leads.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 894-748-0660.



  • Timmy McFadden

    I see that WTVR buried the story about the guy arrested for kissing the 12 year old. Of course, it was buried once it surfaced that she was lying. Proof once again that women can’t be viewed as anything other than victims, otherwise they might be held accountable for their own actions.

    • Belsma

      Not sure what your comment has to do with this story, but if you hate women so much why don’t you just find yourself a good man? Maybe then you will find happiness and get over your “poor me” attitude.

  • TheVoiceOfReson

    Sorry about your son, but gun control isn’t the answer. The person or persons involved in the murder of your son more than likely didn’t PURCHASE the gun LEGALLY. MOST Criminals dont get their guns at stores, they get them from the streets. When someone want’ts to kill someone they are going to do it, There is no law that will ever stop that.

  • Joey B

    Gun control is the answer. The problem is that we don’t have gun control laws as strong and effective as those in civilized countries. “When someone wants to kill someone ……” That is BS.

  • For Real

    Dear god please bring the shooter to sight and have justice served to end the pain of the family and community of not knowing who and why the teenage was shot point blank. Thank you god

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