1 dead, suspect charged following Norfolk shooting


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police have a suspect in custody after a Norfolk high school senior was shot and killed Tuesday night in the Campostella section of the city.

The shooting happened in the 1300 block of Olinger Street around 8:10 p.m. One man died at the scene and another man, 38-year-old Joseph G. Burke Jr., was taken into custody.

Police later identified the man killed in the shooting as 19-year-old Keshawn Alexander. Burke is charged with second-degree murder and use of firearm in the commission of a felony.

The principal of Lake Taylor High School, where Alexander was a student, issued this statement:

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

Today has been an emotional day for us at Lake Taylor High School. We were saddened to hear of the untimely death of one of our seniors. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

Norfolk Public Schools has provided psychologists, counselors, and extra support staff to assist students and teachers as we make our way through this difficult time. Words fall short of expressing our sorrow for the loss of our student and friend. It is important that we assist our students with any signs of grief they may display.

Resources are available in our school counseling office to help students and our staff to deal with death. Should you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Dr. Robbin Stratton, our head counselor, or me.


Latesha N. Wade-Jenkins, Ed.S., Principal

Detectives ask for anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this story.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported the shooting happened in the Campostella Heights neighborhood.

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