Rugby Street residents mourn 20-year-old murder victim

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Except for the roar of a passing train, the crepe myrtle-lined streets of Cottage Heights are usually quiet.

“I was shocked,” said Jacqueline Richardson, 70, who raised her family in the neighborhood. “We're not used to this kind of thing in my neighborhood and there's no crime here.”

Three young men were shot at the intersection of Rugby Street and Cottage Avenue Tuesday night. Two men took themselves to a local hospital, while 20-year-old William T. Robinson was taken by ambulance to Sentara Norfolk General, where he died Wednesday.

Police have not released any information on the condition of the two survivors. Richardson has been following the case and other crimes in the community.

“Yeah, I'm glad that I wake up every morning and I see the news and then I tell my family and my friends and I say I'm tired of people, our children, leaving so young. You know, everybody leaves, is lost, loses their loved ones, you know, it's really sad. Really sad,” Richardson said.

On the west side of Rugby Street, a high-crime area, 79-year-old Nathaniel Robinson and his grandson, Merchant Mariner Dante Robinson, live. They do not know the victim but are concerned that another young life has been lost.

“Do you know what's going on in our area? Young men are killing each other,” said Nathaniel Robinson. “I came here to have fun and enjoy myself. And now they're killing each other.”

Nathaniel Robinson, who has four children, 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, has a message for young men caught in the culture of crime: Get a good education and get a good job “so you can have a better life.”