VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A Hampton man was arrested and charged with the homicide of a young athlete at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Eric Levon Davis, Jr., 22, of the first block of West Pembroke Avenue, was arrested August 2 and charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to the Virginia Beach Police Department.
"It was a relief knowing they had caught someone. I didn't want this person to get away. That kind of relieves my mind," said Daniel Lamb, Simpkin's father. "The pain is still there because me and my son were very close. I'll never forget what he's done but I got to move on."
On July 23, around 12:20 a.m., police responded to a shooting in the 300 block of 18th Street.
Cordaro Simpkins, 22, was with a group of friends when police say they got into an argument with another group of guys. Shots were fired and Simpkins was hit.
Officers arrived at the scene within minutes, but despite life-saving attempts, Cordaro died at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.
A close family member told WAVY.com that Cordaro, a talented boxer, had missed an Olympic team slot by one spot.
Lamb added, "he could have been a great champion. The people that signed him thought he'd be their first world champion. He was on his way."
Davis is being held without bond in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center.
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