‘Somebody has to know something.’ Family of Portsmouth teen slain in 2015 seeks closure


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Three years later, the family of 18-year-old Omar Booker returned to the same spot where he was killed, still looking for answers.

“Somebody has to know something, and if they do, I wish someone would come forward,” said Booker’s mother Maxine Vinson.

Booker was working at Philadelphia Cold Cuts in Portsmouth, the same job he had since he was only 14, when two men came into the back door and shot and killed him. Years later there have been no arrests.

“I don’t come here often, but when I do, it reminds me of where I saw Omar the night of the incident,” added George Fuller, the owner of the sandwich shop. “I miss him.”

George Fuller called Booker his right hand man. The two had a special relationship. He closed down the shop shortly after Booker’s death.

“I depended on him and I just wish this had never happened,” Fuller said.

Former Governor Bob McDonell is leading a charge raising money to help find the killer. He announced the reward is now up to $31,000.

“He wanted to go to college or go into the Navy when he was 18-years-old, but those dreams were snuffed out by some ruthless killer,” McDonnell added.

Booker’s mom said it has been a long three years. She hopes this extra money will bring closure.

“He was my baby and I wish someone would come forward so I could put this to an end,” Vinson said.

Related: Vigil held for 18-year-old killed in Portsmouth sandwich shop

Security video released days after the shooting showed two men running into the sandwich shop, and then running out.

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