Arrests made after death of ODU student, Varina graduate

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Chase Johnson (PHOTO: Norfolk Police)

NORFOLK, Va. (WTVR) – Police have arrested two men in connection with Sunday’s death of Old Dominion University student and Varina native Paul Johnson.

Johnson, 20, died after he was hit in the head while walking along the 1000 Block of W. 48th Street, according to Norfolk Police.

David Grimm Jr., of Triangle, was arrested by police in Prince William County. Grimm was wanted for 2nd Degree Murder. A booking photo of Grimm has not yet been released.

Christopher Chase Johnson (PHOTO: Norfolk Police)

Christopher Chase Johnson (PHOTO: Norfolk Police)

Christopher Chase Johnson, 20, of Woodbridge turned himself in to Norfolk police. He was wanted for Misdemeanor Assault. Johnson’s booking photo was released by Norfolk Police.

Johnson was struck about 1 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the hospital about 2:26 Sunday afternoon.

ODU President John Broderick sent an email to the campus community Sunday.

“We are all outraged by this senseless tragedy and I know you join me in sending your heartfelt condolences to Paul’s family and friends…,” Broderick wrote. ”Earlier today, I and members of the university administration met with the Norfolk City Manager and Chief of Police, who promised to devote additional police resources to this investigation and to engage in further dialogue with the university community about safety issues and concerns.”

This is a developing story.


  • No thank you

    He was struck?! What does that mean? Please clarify the cause of death and the story. I’ve heard fight, stabbing, now struck seems to sound like it was by car?

    • VCURAM

      The article said he was struck in the back of the head. People probably thought this was the “knockout” game and maybe it was, only this time both the assailants and the victim were white.

  • aleinva

    I have been wondering if this was a “knock out game” incident or some kind of altercation, either way, this and the VUU student death are both so sad and senseless, these young men will not have the opportunity to fulfill their vast potential. Condolenses to both the families of these young men.

  • Karen

    I did not know either one of the up and coming bright young students, but it still saddens me to know that the senseless violence that takes place is so close to home. I have 3 young boys and I think about there safety often. What’s the world coming to when you can’t even get an education without someone taking your life. My condolences to both families, R.I.P.

  • Jerry Williams

    The only way to solve this problem is for the good people to carry guns and shoot back. This is not a new problem in Norfolk or at VCU. The good people must be prepared to protect themselves.

  • Jhudson

    I don’t know the significance of throwing away your life like that … These two young guys going to be in jail most the lives … Now they have thrown away their lives by taking someone’s life …This senseless killing has too stop… We need God more than ever … Only God can heal this nation! is just too much killing, senseless killing… It’s just a shame! I am so glad I don’t have a child in college or school in general used to be the safe haven

  • Humph.

    What exactly does god do to stop these killings? Send people like you to comment on the news articles published after fatalities are made?

    • Whatsgoodie

      Yeah because that’s the point of this article
      Instead of focusing on what a shame it is that one of youth has passed along too early, let’s make it about race.

      Dear smh, go elsewhere with your agenda.

    • VAKid99

      Agreed. Most of the comments would be about how they’re ruining VA and how they need to be locked up and put to death. I don’t even see anyone mentioning how they should be arrested.

  • Jam

    Chase Johnson has a history of going to different college parties and fighting for no apparent reason. This is a very dangerous man who did the same thing to a kid at JMU New Years Eve sending him to the hospital. Charges were pressed and PW County Police were investigating, however, now another student has been attacked and isn’t here to press charges. Now that Johnson is out on bail is making me sick.

  • ar123

    I saw him on new years. He stood up for a girl getting harassed at a new years party. He was so kind. It’s crazy. My best friend was with him when it happenned. It was literally a random act of violence and the two didn’t know each other at all. It doesn’t matter how it happened. He’s gone and he’s not coming back and the only way to fix it is put the person who did it behind bars for a very long time.

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