Ten years after Christopher Cummings — the nephew of late Representative Elijah Cummings — was killed, police have made four arrests in connection with the incident.
On Thursday, August. 12, police in Norfolk, Va., announced that four people had been charged with 15 counts each, which included homicide. Kwaume L. Edwards, 32, Javon L. Doyle, 31, Ahmad R. Watson, 30, and Rashad D. Dooley, 28, were arrested, Front Page Detectives reported.
The other charges include conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of first-degree murder, burglary with the intent to commit murder with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit burglary with a deadly weapon, use of a firearm in the commission of armed burglary, aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of aggravated malicious wounding, attempted second-degree murder, use of a firearm in attempted commission of second-degree murder, two counts of discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling, attempted robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a robbery.
On June 10, 2011, police arrived at Cummings' home on the 800 block of West 42nd Street in response to a report of a shooting incident. Cummings and his roommate, Jake Carey, were shot during the incident, both men were aged 20 at the time. Carey was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but survived.
At the time, no arrests were made but police said they continued to work on the case.
"For more than a decade now Investigators have been relentless in their efforts to solve this case, they have followed up on every lead necessary to ensure the Norfolk Police Department was able to deliver justice to both the surviving victim and to the Cummings family," Chief Larry D. Boone said in a statement. "I want to recognize all the hard work and the level of commitment and professionalism of all those who were involved in bringing this investigation to a close."
The four suspects are reportedly being held in jail without bond.
"Whoever the persons were that did this, believe me, will do it again," Elijah told WVEC in 2011. "You don't kill somebody that viciously and not do it again. I'm begging you. If you know what happened in this case — if you know anything about it — come to police and tell them what you know." The Congressman passed away in 2019.