Man killed in shooting on Rapidan St. in Portsmouth was trying to get into homeless housing


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — 53-year-old Kenneth Ard was homeless, and at the time of his death he was trying to get into Chesapeake homeless housing with the help of Ronita Lamb.

“He called me ‘mom’ and he said ‘mom I’m tired’ I told him you are going to get in a home. God is going to answer your prayers.”  

Sadly it was not to be.  Shortly before 10:18 a.m. Monday someone shot Ard in the head.

City worker Earnest Shearin was with a co-worker driving up Rapidan Street when they found Ard’s lifeless body.

“We got out. He checked [Ard’s] body and found there was blood coming out of his head. The lady across the street had already called 911.”

Ard’s friend Keasha Bagby heard the news, came out and devastated by what has happened.

“There are other ways to resolve things. Years ago we use to fight, put the guns down.  There’s enough killing. Put the guns down. Talk it out. Fuss. Fight. Don’t talk to the person.”

Detectives worked the scene most of the day, trying to piece together what happened.

As for the sad death of Kenneth Ard, what type of a man was he? He helped Lamb’s elderly mother get ice off the porch and sidewalk.

“He said let me help you get the ice off the porch. My mom said, ‘I don’t have no money.’ He said, ‘I didn’t ask you for money.’  She said ‘I don’t have a shovel.’ He said, ‘I’m going to borrow one.’ By the time I got back to the house Kenny had a shovel taking the ice off my mom’s porch … that’s the type of guy he was.”

10 On Your Side found Lamb crying in her car.

“He got messed up, and I was just trying to help him get in the homeless shelter, so he could get in the shelter to get off the streets, but I guess God has a new home for him. He’s got a new home, and he’s clean now. He don’t have to worry about it no more.”

Ard’s friend Kesha Bagby has this message, “I would like the person who did this to know there is an eye in the sky. God knows who did it. The truth will come out. Just turn yourself in.”

Lamb left us with this, “When I heard I welled up. In 2017 I lost my mom. In 2018 I lost my dad. Now in 2019 I’ve lost Kenneth. It hurts. It really hurts.”

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