Brian E. Szabo—2016 Richmond Homicide #18

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.

Update #1 — April 6, 2016; 10:49 AM

Funeral information is updated below.

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Original — April 04, 2016


Brian E. Szabo, age 55, of 100 block of Westmoreland Street.

His obituary reads:

SZABO, Brian E., 55, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but recently of Richmond, Va., passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Walsh Szabo. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Christine E. Szabo; and their four children, Erin, Emily, Colin and Paul Szabo, all of Richmond; father, Raymond Paul Szabo of Cleveland, Ohio; siblings, Karla Shiley of Avon Lake, Ohio and Anne Wynn (Mike) of Austin, Texas; mother-in-law, Sandra Batista (Daniel) of Vermilion, Ohio; brother- in-law, Steven Earley (Jennifer) of Columbus, Ohio; eight nieces and nephews, and many loving family members and friends. He was a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He worked 26 years with SunTrust and its predecessor, most recently as Executive Vice President of Corporate Risk. Brian was a board member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being an enthusiastic Cleveland sports fanatic, he enjoyed spending time with good friends playing golf, tennis and playing the drums in several bands. Brian traveled and spent time with family and lifelong friends in Atlanta and Richmond. His pride and joy were his children. He often went to work early so he could attend and help coach their activities. His love, hopes and dreams for them were first and foremost in his life; he was always proud of them. His sharp wit and keen sense of humor were appreciated by all who knew him. A gathering of family and friends will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 8, at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 2700 Dolfield Rd., Richmond, Va. 23235-2618. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the International Crane Foundation, E-11376 Shady Lane Rd., P.O. Box 447, Baraboo, Wis. 53913 or online at

Funeral information

  • Receiving friends on Thursday, April 7th at 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Bliley’s Central, 3801 Augusta Avenue
  • Funeral on Friday, April 8th at 10:30 AM at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 2700 Dolfield Road

In lieu of flowers, consider making a memorial contribution to the International Crane Foundation, E-11376 Shady Lane Road, P.O. Box 447, Baraboo, Wisconsin 43913 or online at

The Incident

  • Where: 100 block of Westmoreland Street in the West End
  • When: Saturday, April 2nd at or around 2:11 AM.
  • Weapon: Knife. Mr. Szabo was pronounced dead at the scene from an apparent stab wound.

The Investigation

The suspect, Nigel E. Walker, 26, also of the 100 block of Westmoreland Street, apparently had an argument with the victim. Walker then fled the scene and then returned and surrendered at around 5:00 AM. He is now in custody.

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