Murdered Richmond teen remembered as great student, gone too soon

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RICHMOND, Va. -- As flickering candles bounced off the reflection of shattered glass left from a violent scene one week ago, George Carrington III’s former teacher remembered one of his favorite students.

“George was a fine student,” the teacher said at a vigil for the 17-year-old.

“He loved you so much,” Carrington’s mother told the teacher.

“Oh my goodness, did he?” the teacher responded.

George Carrington III

George Carrington III

The teacher gathered with Carrington’s friends, family and the greater community for a vigil Friday night in the exact spot Carrington died.

“He was like so many of the children that come to RPS, they walk down the hallway, walk through the classroom and without you knowing it they just walk right into your hearts,” the teacher said.

Carrington was a student at Thomas Jefferson High School when he was shot and killed on November 25.

His baby was born just three days later.


“It’s sad,” Mykaizha Boisseau, a high school senior who was friends with Carrington, said.

While the number of people murdered in Richmond this year has spiked, Carrington is the first high school student struck by the violence in 2016.

Other students in the area let their emotions break free at the vigil.

They’re kids that now worry about their own lives.

“That could of been me or one of my siblings,” Boisseau said.

Virnita Carrington

Virnita Carrington

Carrington’s mother, Virnita Carrington, was left wondering what might have been.

“I hope they find the person that took his life, my baby is gone,” Carrington said.

Police are still investigating what happened, but they don’t believe the shooting was a random act of violence.

Earlier this week, police named Ishmael D. Brown, 17, of Richmond, a suspect in the case.

Ishmael D. Brown (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

Ishmael D. Brown (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

"He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached," a Richmond Police spokesman said. "Anyone who sees him is asked to call police immediately."

Anyone with information was asked to call Major Crimes Detective Greg Russell at 804-646-7715 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.