Norfolk Police have arrested and charged 27-year-old Christopher Hare with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the shooting death of 17-year-old Travious Keeling on November 12, 2014.
Shortly before midnight on November 12th, a 9-1-1 caller reported a gunshot victim at 415 Middlesex Street. When police arrived, they found Keeling suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the scene.
With very little information to begin the investigation, Norfolk detectives reached out to the Berkley community to gain information about this murder.
Community leaders and concerned citizens were asked to assist with any information they could provide. These efforts led to information being forwarded from the surrounding community to the Norfolk Police Department. This partnership led to witnesses cooperating and coming forward with information about the death of this 17-year-old shooting victim. This information and other investigative leads led to the arrest of Christopher Hare, a Berkley Resident.
Keeling was the second teenage victim to die from gun violence in less than a week.
On November 9th, 17-year-old Joel Green was shot and killed on Hough Avenue. Police arrested 26-year-old William Hamlin on December 2, 2014 for Green’s murder.
“I want to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to the community for their support and help during the investigation of these tragic incidents,” said Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith. “The ongoing dialogue and relationship-building underway between the police department and citizens was integral in taking violent suspects off our streets.
The successful conclusion of this case would not been made in such a timely manner without the direct assistance of the surrounding community, and the endless efforts and sacrifices of our Homicide Investigators, as well as Community Resource Officers. As we head into a new year, I look forward to continued collaboration with the community as we work together to reduce violence.”