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At vigil, Richmond police say they're closer to solving death investigation

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond police say they are closer to solving the shooting death of a South Richmond man, as the community came out to honor his memory Friday night.

26-year-old Dominique "Dom" Mangram was shot in broad daylight Monday afternoon outside of a South Richmond convenience store on Hull Street Road.

Investigators say they're not ready to call Mangram's death "murder" but speaking with his parents, that's exactly what they believe happened to their son.

"If I went out and killed somebody they'd give me murder," said Andre Mangram, Dom's dad. "It's murder, he got killed and the other dude in the hospital."

More than one-hundred fifty people came out to Jefferson Park Friday night, including Richmond police.

"I think there's a lot of different stories out there," said Major Steve Drew. "That's one of the concerns: he said, she said and we want to cipher through all of that and piece that all together before we rush and place charges."

Major Drew says, officers have a plan in place to try and prevent further violence but he stressed, they need the community's help.

A thought that's echoed by the mayor's senior assistant, who came to express her condolences.

"If you don't want to tell the police then tell somebody who's not afraid to call the police or the mayor's office," she said.

Mangram's mom and dad just want answers.

"All I know is that my baby isn't here," said mom Venus Mangram. "He's dead, he's been shot and he bled to death."

Richmond police have stressed that Mangram did not commit suicide and say, they hope to release more information soon.

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