Victim, suspect in Norfolk homicide both from Richmond

NORFOLK, Va. — A Richmond native and former local high school football player is dead and another has been charged with his murder following a shooting in Norfolk Friday night.

Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Hayes Street shortly after 6 p.m. for a gunshot disturbance. Upon arrival, they found 18-year-old Nicholas Jerome Ackies of Richmond inside an apartment suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

Ackies was pronounced dead on scene. His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the exact cause of his death.

During the course of the preliminary investigation, detectives identified 22-year-old Jaquan Anderson as the suspect. He was arrested and charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Jaquan Anderson

He is being held without bond in the Norfolk City Jail.

According to a statement released by Norfolk State University, Ackies was a freshman majoring in criminal justice and a defensive lineman on the Spartans football team. Before that, he attended Douglas Freeman High School in Richmond and played defensive tackle for the Rebels.

Nicholas Jerome Ackies

“This is such a tragic situation. Our prayers are with Nick’s family during this very difficult time,” athletic director Marty L. Miller said. “He will be dearly missed by the entire Norfolk State University family.”

Anderson also attended Norfolk State University and played linebacker for the Spartans before graduating in 2016. According to the team’s website, Anderson is also from Richmond and is a graduate of L.C. Bird High School.

The Norfolk Police Department is encouraging anyone with information about this homicide to contact the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).