Detectives need help finding family of Norfolk murder victim


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Detectives in Norfolk have identified a 58-year-old man that was shot and killed Tuesday night, but they can’t seem to find any of the man’s relatives or a suspect. 

There is video of Jose Palacios walking into the Walmart on Tidewater Drive. We know he was gunned down Tuesday night walking along Dundale Avenue and we know where he was staying at the time, but there is little information on who he is, what lead to the shooting and who is responsible for his death. 

“It sounded like pop, pop, pop, pop…about four or five times,” says Clarence Scott, who lives around the corner from the shooting on Diesel Court and came running when he heard the shots.

“Somebody said ‘somebody got shot down there,’ so I Iooked down there, and I saw his legs. I saw him trying to get up, and by that time a guy from over there investigated what was going on and called the ambulance,” Scott told 10 On Your Side.

Detectives know Palacios was a roofer and he lived on Diesel Court with a man that he worked with, along with the man’s two children. He also spoke little English.

Palacios previously lived in Texas, which helped police identify him. However, detectives can’t find any of Palacios’ family members.

“I will tell you there are some reported incidents in Texas that helped us positively identify Mr. Palacios. We are hoping there are some friends in Texas or here that came help us in locating his family,” ays Norfolk Police Cpl. William Pickering.

Pickering says it is odd that police can’t locate any family members, “With social media, with data bases, with law enforcement and working with other authorities, it is unusual we are unable to find close relatives or friends that will assist us in locating the family members. Unfortunately in this case, we have had no positive leads that will assist in finding his family.”

“We need your help, and the public’s help, to locate Mr. Palacios’ family. That is our goal. We want to reach out to make contact with them, and get some information in working out the case,” Pickering said.

If you can help police with information about Palacios or his death, call the Crime Line at 1 (888) LOCK-U-UP. 

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