Cory J. Holmes—2016 Richmond Homicide #9

Here’s what we know so far.

Update #2 — February 24, 2016; 11:09 AM

From the RPD:

Dennis Moore, 36, of the 1900 block of Accommodation Street, was arrested today and charged with breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Both charges are felonies. He turned himself in yesterday afternoon at Richmond Police Headquarters. His booking photo will be released when it is available.

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Update #1 — February 23, 2016; 1:24 PM

Please see suspect information in the “Investigation” section below.

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Original — February 22, 2016

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.


Cory J. Holmes, age 40, of the 1300 block of Coalter Street.

His obituary reads:

HOLMES, Cory J., age 40, of Richmond, departed this life February 20, 2015. He is survived by a daughter, Korema Holmes; two grandchildren, Haden and Markei Holmes; his mother, Carolyn Venable; his father, Henry Harris; six sisters, Angela and Shenell Holmes, Margaret Scott (Robert), Sandra Day (Dennis) and Kavon and Lenita Harris; three brothers, Terrance Holmes, Justin Harris and Dermaine Shelton; aunts, uncles, a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and other relatives and friends, among them a devoted, Sherita Silas. Remains rest at Joseph Jenkins Jr. Funeral Home, 2011 Grayland Ave., where funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. Rev. Thomas West officiating. Interment Riverview Cemetery. Family and friends assemble at the funeral home 12:45 p.m. Monday. Online condolences can be made at

Funeral details

  • Monday, February 29th • 1:00 PM
  • Joseph Jenkins Jr. Funeral Home, 2011 Grayland Avenue
  • Interment at Riverview Cemetery

The Incident

  • Where: 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue on the Northside
  • When: Saturday, February 20th at or around 3:50 AM.
  • Weapon: Gun. Mr. Holmes was found dead in the hallway of the building with multiple gunshot wounds.

The Investigation

The police are reporting that Cory Holmes was one in a double homicide (the other victim, Marquetta Y. Harris, is Richmond’s 2016 Homicide #10).

The Richmond Police Department is searching for suspect “Dennis Moore, 36, a 6-foot, 3-inch tall, dark-skinned Black male, weighing approximately 175 pounds. He is known to frequent the area of Mosby Court. His known aliases include ‘Joe’ and ‘Black.'”

The police believe Moore is armed and dangerous and urge citizens to call 911 if he is spotted. They stress that Moore should not be approached.

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Got a tip?

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Conrad Simms at 804.646.0712 or Crime Stoppers at 804.780.1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Or, leave a tip online at Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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View all 2016 homicides here.

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