Virginia juvenile charged with murder in fatal shooting of 13-year-old girl

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia juvenile is accused of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old girl on Friday, authorities said.

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The juvenile, whose name has not been released, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Lucia Whalen Bremer, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The teen also faces charges of possession of a firearm by a juvenile and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to the Henrico Citizen.

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Police said Bremer was fatally shot Friday afternoon outside of a home in the Gayton Forest West subdivision in western Henrico County, the Times-Dispatch reported.

Bremer was walking with a friend at about 4:30 p.m. when he was shot, WTVR reported. Bremer was taken to an area hospital but later died, Henrico police spokesperson Matt Pecka said.

“Henrico Police has the person in custody responsible for yesterday’s homicide,” Pecka said in a statement. “During the early afternoon hours, Henrico detectives took a juvenile male into custody after obtaining petitions for second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a juvenile, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The juvenile, whose identity is being withheld because of his age, will be transported, and processed at the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office.”

According to Henrico County Public Schools, Bremer was an eighth grader at Ouioccasin Middle School in Richmond, WRIC reported. Melanie Phipps, the school’s principal, told the television station that Bremer was an amazing public speaker, loved to tell jokes and make people laugh.

Phipps added that on Sunday, a virtual space will be offered to family, students and staff to “grieve and support” one another. Organizers are asking for those to show their support by wearing gray and white, two of Bremer’s favorite colors.

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