VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – It’s been more than one year since 25-year-old Hunter Goode was gunned down during a home invasion in Virginia Beach.
Police are still searching for the person who killed him.
Wednesday afternoon, Virginia Beach Police held a press conference with Goode’s family, who’s begging the public for information. They’re hoping a new incentive will bring them answers.
His family announced they are offering a $10,000 cash reward for any information that leads to an arrest. This is on top of the Crime Solvers $1,000 reward. You’re encouraged to call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP with any information.
On Nov. 14, 2018, police were called to Elizabeth Court for a home invasion. At the time, witnesses said they woke up to about ten gunshots, then saw the suspects take off down the street. When officers arrived, they found Goode dead outside and the back door and fence kicked open.
A year has passed and investigators have been unable to solve the case.
Police tell 10 On Your Side they don’t typically host press conferences when rewards are offered, however at this point, they need more help solving the case.
Considerate, loving, goofy and genuine – that’s how Goode’s family said they’ll remember their son and brother.
“He just always put other people before himself. He was a protector for sure,” his sister, Holly Goode, said.
“We didn’t think he had enemies,” his dad, Charlie Goode Jr., added.
That’s why a year later, his family is still struggling to cope with his death.
“Hunter was a good boy. He loved to be around his family and friends, and I can’t comprehend why anybody would want to take his life,” Charlie said.
His dad choked up Wednesday when he recalled arriving to the scene and seeing his son’s covered body.
“I wanted to go grab him and hold him like I did when he was a baby,” said Charlie.
Neighbors at the time of the homicide told 10 On Your Side they heard several gunshots and saw people in dark clothing running away.
Since then, police have hit a roadblock. Holly said the last year without answers has been rough.
“Imagine losing someone that you loved, that you basically raised,” she said, pausing through tears. “Imagine that out of nowhere they were taken from you and you don’t know why.”
The family said somebody out there has the missing piece to their puzzle, and they hope increased reward money will bring closure.
“Anything. It can be the tiniest thing, you might not think it means anything. It can be the biggest break in the case,” Holly said.
The family’s reward plus the reward offered through Crime Solvers now totals $11,000. If you have information that can help solve this case, call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.