Passing of inspirational graduate was most read story of 2016

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RICHMOND, Va. — Many important things happened in 2016. Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, and a big January snowstorm socked Central Virginia. But none of those headlines were among the top stories read on

The most read story on in 2016 was about the passing of D’Marco Jackson. Jackson was the Hermitage High School graduate whose inspirational 2015 graduation speech went viral.

Scroll down to read more about Jackson and the year’s other top stories — on

D'Marco Jackson

D’Marco Jackson

01. D’Marco Jackson, who gave inspirational graduation speech, dies surrounded by loved ones
POSTED 7:03 AM, APRIL 19, 2016

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — D’Marco Jackson, the Hermitage High School graduate whose inspirational 2015 graduation speech went viral online, died early Tuesday morning, according to a post shared by his mother on Facebook.

“It is with great sadness to announce that at 2:10 this morning D’Marco took his last breath,” Lucet Galarza-Martinez wrote. “He was surrounded by his loved ones who laughed, cried and reminisced about D’Marco’s personality as we played his favorite songs.”

Latanya Nelson, Wendy's manager

Latanya Nelson, Wendy’s manager

02. ‘Hangry’ woman arrested for biting Wendy’s worker over wrong order
POSTED 10:42 PM, FEBRUARY 16, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. — Have you heard the expression “hangry?” It’s a combination of hungry and angry. A fast food worker said that word perfectly described the customer who attacked and bit her over a wrong order. Wendy’s manager Latanya Nelson said the confrontation happened at the Wendy’s restaurant on Brook Road, near Azalea Avenue, Monday night.

Trooper Chad Dermyer

Trooper Chad Dermyer

03. Richmond Greyhound shooting: Trooper, suspect dead; 2 people wounded
POSTED 3:04 PM, MARCH 31, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia State trooper who was shot when a suspect opened fire at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond Thursday afternoon has died, according to Virginia State Police.

Virginia State Police Superintendent W. Steven Flaherty confirms Trooper Chad Dermyer was killed as a result of multiple gunshot wounds from the suspect in Thursdays Greyhound Bus Station shooting. Dermyer is survived by his wife and two kids.


04. Va. copperhead problem ‘supersedes’ last year, expert says
POSTED 7:54 PM, MAY 24, 2016

CHESTERFIELD, Va. –There has been an uptick in reports of snake sightings and bites in Central Virginia, as people head outside to enjoy the warmer weather.

Neighbors in Chesterfield County are warning each other about their encounters with copperheads. The snakes are one of three venomous species in Virginia.


05. Woman trusts young Richmond stranger with her ‘Love Bug’

RICHMOND, Va. — Kim Steger loves her 1973 Volkswagon Super Beetle.

“It was my first car,” she recalled Thursday evening.

Back then she was 16, going to high school in Chesterfield County.

Now her own daughter is that age, looking for her first car.

06. 3-year-old Haven Moses found safe after Amber Alert, alleged abductor still sought

SCOTTSVILLE, Va. — Three-year-old Haven Melina Moses has been located and is safe, according to the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office. Virginia State Police has confirmed the Amber Alert for Haven has been terminated.

Rounding out the Top 10:

  1. Details emerge about the nights Jesse Matthew killed Hannah Graham, Morgan Harrington (March 2, 2016)
  2. Internet star found dead in Chesterfield home (September 1, 2016)
  3. Get familiar with new Virginia laws that go into effect July 1 (June 29, 2016)
  4. Fla. teen ‘Dr. Love’ arrested at Virginia car dealership (September 10, 2016)