Wayne M. Smith, Jr.—2016 Richmond Homicide #20

Here’s what we know so far.

We’re calling this a homicide because it has been officially termed as such by the Richmond Police Department. Before you tell us we’ve missed one–was it actually a death investigation (often self-defense)? Was it within city limits? Did the person die of wounds received in a different year? All of those deaths do not get officially counted as Richmond homicides for this year.


Wayne M. Smith, Jr., age 34 of the 6300 block of Midlothian Turnpike.

The Incident

  • Where: 6346 Midlothian Turnpike on Southside
  • When: Friday, April 30th at or around 6:17 PM
  • Weapon: Gun. Mr. Smith was found suffering from a gunshot wound in the courtyard of the Richmond Inn & Suites. He died at the hospital.

The Investigation

According to the police, there are very strong leads.

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Got a tip?

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Amira Sleem at 804 646-3871 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

Submit tips to GUN250 about persons in possession of illegally-held guns by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, then using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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View all 2016 homicides here.

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