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Man arrested ‘for shooting dead Virginia reporter semipro football player and third victim at bar

Antoine M. Legrande Jr., 24, was charged with three counts of second-degree murder and related charges Tuesday, Norfolk police said in a statement.

Antoine M. Legrande Jr., 24, was charged with three counts of second-degree murder and related charges Tuesday, Norfolk police said in a statement.

A Virginia man has been charged in a March shooting that killed a newspaper reporter and two other young bystanders when a fight broke out at closing time outside a Norfolk bar, police announced Wednesday.

Antoine M. Legrande Jr., 24, was charged with three counts of second-degree murder and related charges Tuesday, Norfolk police said in a statement.

One of the victims was Sierra Jenkins, 25, of Norfolk, a reporter for the region’s newspaper, The Virginian-Pilot.

The March 19 shooting also claimed the lives of semi-professional football player Devon M. Harris, 25, and Marquel S. Andrews, 24, both of Portsmouth, Virginia.

Two other injured people who were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries are expected to recover from their injuries.

Jenkins, pictured, worked as an intern at Atlanta Magazine and CNN before joining The Virginian Pilot newspaper in December 2020.

Jenkins, pictured, worked as an intern at Atlanta Magazine and CNN before joining The Virginian Pilot newspaper in December 2020.

Jenkins, a Georgia state graduate, was caught in the crossfire as she left the bar, restaurant manager Rory Schindel told the newspaper.

Pictured: Sierra Jenkins, 25, who covered education for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk

Jenkins, a Georgia state graduate, was caught in the crossfire as she left the bar, restaurant manager Rory Schindel told the newspaper.

Jenkins, pictured, died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after the shooting outside Chicho's Pizza Backstage

Jenkins, pictured, died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after the shooting outside Chicho’s Pizza Backstage

In the picture: Jenkins as a child.  25-year-old Virginia newspaper reporter was one of three people killed

In the picture: Jenkins as a child. 25-year-old Virginia newspaper reporter was one of three people killed

Legrande was arrested in Norfolk with the help of US Marshals and the city’s police department’s special operations team, according to the statement.

Police said Legrande had a gun when he was arrested and is being held without bail. It’s unclear if Legrande has retained an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

“Today’s announcement is an important first step in bringing justice to the families of these three innocent victims,” ​​Norfolk City Manager Chip Filer said in a statement.

Police Chief Michael Goldsmith said Legrande’s arrest came after a lengthy investigation that included monitoring community councils.

The shooting happened shortly before 2 am. Police had said an argument that preceded the shooting may have started over a spilled drink. But Jenkins’ father, Maurice Jenkins, told the Pilot on Wednesday that he still has questions about the motive.

Devon M. Harris, also known as Malik Harris, was one of three people killed in Norfolk, Virginia, early on March 19, 2022.

Norfolk police identified the other person killed as Devon M. Harris, 25, of Portsmouth.

Devon M. Harris, 25, also known as Malik Harris, was one of three people killed in Norfolk, Virginia, early on March 19, 2022.

“I don’t think it’s really about that,” Jenkins said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we start hearing that there’s a lot more to what caused this to happen.”

Jenkins said he was heartened by the arrest.

“For our family, going through what we are going through, two months without knowing who is behind something like this, it is consuming us,” he told the pilot.

Jenkins’ publisher revealed that he had tried to contact her numerous times after learning of the fatal shooting in an effort to assign her the story, only to learn that she herself was one of the victims who had died.

A third victim, Marquel Andrews, 24, was injured and died three weeks later on April 12.

A third victim, Marquel Andrews, 24, was injured and died three weeks later on April 12.

A third victim, Marquel Andrews, 24, was injured and died three weeks later on April 12.

Jenkins, a Georgia state graduate, was caught in the crossfire as she left the bar, restaurant manager Rory Schindel told the newspaper.

‘Sierra was a brilliant and talented woman with a lot going for her. Her passion for journalism was undeniable and our community is better off because of her reporting,’ said Kris Worrell, editor-in-chief of Virginia Media, which operates The Virginian-Pilot and several other newspapers.

‘Sierra was fun, energetic and full of enthusiasm. We are absolutely heartbroken.

A person walks through Chicho's Pizza Backstage in Norfolk, Virginia, in March, hours after a fatal shooting outside the restaurant.

A person walks through Chicho’s Pizza Backstage in Norfolk, Virginia, in March, hours after a fatal shooting outside the restaurant.

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