Dinwiddie man identified as victim of Chester lorry stop shooting; Facebookers mourn the loss

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This image is of the Pilot Travel Center on Ruffin Mill Road in Chester. Police say a Dinwiddie man was shot dead in the center car park on Sunday May 1, 2022.

CHESTER – Chesterfield Police have identified the victim and one of the suspects in a fatal shooting Sunday night at a local truck stop.

Keon A. Clanton, 35, of the 17300 block of Old Stage Road in Dinwiddie County, was shot dead around 6 p.m. Sunday at the Pilot Travel Center on Ruffin Mill Road. He was taken to Bon Secours Southside Medical Center in Petersburg where he later died.

Witnesses told police the suspects fled the scene in a car shortly after the shooting.

A few minutes later, according to police, this car was involved in an accident near the intersection of West Hundred Road and Route One. Officers arrested Darnell S. White, 32, from the 6200 block of Verdict Court in the Courthouse Greens townhouse complex near Chesterfield Court House, but the second suspect was able to escape on foot.

White was charged with second degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held without bail at Chesterfield County Jail.

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Chesterfield Police released this surveillance photo of a suspect in the May Day shooting death of a Dinwiddie man at a Chester truck stop. According to the police, this suspect fled the scene of an accident where a suspected accomplice was arrested.

Police released a surveillance photo of the second suspect as he walked through a nearby mobile home community. He is described as 6ft 3in tall with black hair and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, red athletic shorts, black socks and white tennis shoes.

Anyone who may have information about the murder or the whereabouts of the second suspect is asked to contact Chesterfield Police at (804) 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at (804) 748-0660.

Meanwhile, on social media, friends and family reacted to Clanton’s death.

“Wordlessly…so many memories Bra,” a friend wrote on Facebook. Another said: “I’m tired. Tired of seeing RIP and tired of saying it. Too many lives are leaving this earth too soon. Some because of health issues, and some because of each other’s hands. It’s not right. My heart is heavy.”

Pastor Belinda Baugh, of the New Divine Worship Center in Petersburg, posted a Facebook video from the hospital where she explained how the recent spate of murders is a “regional thing,” not just in Petersburg. In the background, the sobs and cries of Clanton’s family members gathered at the hospital can be heard.

Baugh said Monday morning that Clanton was not a member of her church, but she knows many of her family members. She said they called her to tell her the news and she went to the hospital to be with them.

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Bill Atkinson (he/him/her) is an award-winning reporter and daily news coach for the USA TODAY Network’s Atlantic Region which includes Virginia. He is based in Petersburg, Virginia. Contact him at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on The Progress-Index: Dinwiddie County man identified as victim of fatal shooting in Chester

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