According to police reports, Kwaume L. Edwards, Javon L. Doyle, Ahmad R. Watson and Rashad D. Dooley have been indicted on 15 charges each, including first-degree murder.
After 10 years, Christopher’s father, James Cummings expressed relief over the suspects’ capture in an interview with 13 News Now.
“While my son is lying cold in his coffin, these guys are out there running the streets, so it’s good to have them off the streets,” James said.
The Norfolk Police Department thanked detectives and the U.S. Marshals Service for tracking the men down.
“For more than a decade now, investigators have been relentless in their efforts to solve this case, they have followed up on every lead necessary to ensure the Norfolk Police Department was able to deliver justice to both the surviving victim and to the Cummings family,” Chief Larry D. Boone said in a statement. “I want to recognize all the hard work and the level of commitment and professionalism of all those who were involved in bringing this investigation to a close.”
Although Christopher’s killing happened a decade ago, his father said still feels like it happened yesterday and lives with reality each day.
“As far as life is concerned, life won’t change that much for us because we will never get our son back and we have to live the way we have been living,” James said.
After the suspects were captured, James is now hoping for “poetic justice.”
“I’m hoping that one guy that he will be arraigned in the Elijah E. Cummings Courthouse,” he said. “I think that will be poetic justice.”
Christopher, a student of Old Dominion University at the time, was shot and killed in his home in the 800 block of West 42nd Street in Norfolk, Virginia. His roommate, Jake Carey, was also shot and seriously injured in the incident but survived.
Carey, full of emotions, is anticipating that justice will finally be served.
“I’m kind of on the cusp of crying and being extremely happy at the same time,” Carey said. “It’s kind of hard to tell how I really feel. I have mixed emotions. They’ve done a great job and even though it did take a long time, I’m glad that justice has been served and these people have been found and caught.”
All four suspects are currently being held in jail without bond. One man, who was arrested in Baltimore, is awaiting extradition to Norfolk from an out-of-state facility.