Boy charged with murder in shooting an eighth grade girl in Virginia

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Teen is charged with murdering a 8th grade girl who was shot multiple times in Virginia

  • Lucia Whalen Bremer was shot several times in Richmond, Virginia on Friday
  • The alleged gunman fled the scene and was arrested on Saturday afternoon
  • The police did not disclose the name of the suspect because he is a minor
  • Lovers who confirmed Bremer’s identity described her as ‘exceptional’ and ‘wise beyond her years’

A boy has been arrested in connection with a shooting that killed an eighth-grade girl in Virginia after a day-long manhunt.

Lovers identified the victim as Lucia Whalen Bremer, a student at Quioccasin Middle School in Richmond.

She was shot several times in the Gayton Forest West subdivision Friday afternoon and died in a regional hospital shortly after.

Police said the suspected gunman fled the scene immediately after opening fire and was arrested about half a mile away on Saturday afternoon.

His name has not been released due to his age, but he is said to be charged with, among other things, second degree manslaughter, possession of a firearm by a young person, and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime, according to Henrico Citizen

Lucia Whalen Bremer (pictured) was shot and killed several times in Richmond, Virginia on Friday afternoon.  A teenage boy was arrested on Saturday and charged with murder

Lucia Whalen Bremer (pictured) was shot and killed several times in Richmond, Virginia on Friday afternoon. A teenage boy was arrested on Saturday and charged with murder

Bremer was shot several times in Gayton Forest West subdivision. The Henrico Citizen said the shooting took place on the path shown above

Bremer’s family, who run a local product business called Liberty Tree Farm, announced her death in a Facebook statement on Saturday.

“Liberty Tree Farm is sad to report that our beloved daughter and cheerful farmer, Lucia Whalen Bremer, was killed in a senseless act of gun violence on March 26,” the post said.

“Thank you for keeping our family in mind as we navigate for the next several weeks.”

Henrico County Public Schools posted a photo of the murdered student, saying the community was “ heartbroken and devastated. ”

Quioccasin Middle School Principal Melanie Phipps released a heartfelt statement reminding her of Bremer.

Lucia was funny. She liked to tell jokes and make people laugh. She was a great public speaker, and you just listened in awe as she spoke. Lucia was wise after her years. Talking to her was no use talking to a high school student, ”Phipps wrote.

Lucia was exceptional; really unique. She was brave, hardworking, and kind to everyone. Her smile lit up the whole room.

Her mother even told me that Lucia’s name means ‘light’, which is just the perfect way to describe her. She radiated happiness, and she loved our school. ‘

Bremer's family, who run a local product business called Liberty Tree Farm, announced her death in a Facebook statement on Saturday (photo)

Bremer's family, who run a local product business called Liberty Tree Farm, announced her death in a Facebook statement on Saturday (photo)

Bremer’s family, who run a local product business called Liberty Tree Farm, announced her death in a Facebook statement on Saturday (photo)

Phipps said the school was preparing to hold a vigil for Bremer on Sunday. Those present were urged to wear gray and white, which, according to the director, were two of Bremer’s favorite colors.

“Our school will have an extra police presence on Monday, which we appreciate making sure everyone feels safe on what we know is going to be a very difficult day,” Phipps wrote.

The shooting on Friday shocked the Richmond community and forced a nearby high school to shut down.

The motive for the shooting remains unclear and anyone with information is urged to contact Henrico County Police at 804-501-5794.

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