Neighbors Relieved After Shooting Suspect Arrested

By: Carly Stephenson Email
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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Members of the Clover Hill Community said it's an answer to prayer after U.S. Marshals arrested a Richmond man in the case in connection to the shooting at the Dry River Store.

Javon Arrington, 21, is behind bars in the Rockingham County Jail and faces a capital murder charge in addition to five other charges.

Arrington was arrested at a home in Richmond without incident on Friday, March 28, and will have a hearing this Thursday.

While Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said this is a big step, he cannot comment on how Arrington was found in Richmond or if there are any other persons of interest.

"For him to finally be in custody, it's a prayer answered," said Dylan Thompson, who applied to work at the Dry River Store, which is preparing to reopen.

Even with Arrington in custody, the sheriff's office continues to investigate the case.

"See this thing out to its proper conclusion considering how vile and horrible a crime it actually is. Just a totally reckless disregard for humanity," said Hutcheson.

The double shooting, which killed Eun Kim, happened on February 15 at the Dry River Store in Rockingham County and since then, the community hosted benefits and vigils to support the Kim family.

"They were family to us," said Kayla Reese, who knew the Kim family.

"Now we move on to try and get a conviction in the case and take anything else that might come along as we move on from here. This is where we are now, but the work is not done," said Hutcheson.

People continue to support Jae Kim's long recovery with flowers and stuffed animals left outside the store.

"Clover Hill, we might be a little redneck town, but you know, we stick together like family," said Reese, "A relief knowing that we're safe here now and then I actually started crying because now I'm glad that the family has the closure that they deserve and that they need."

They're also rallying around the possibility of the store reopening. Paul Kim, Jae's son, is working to make that happen in mid-April as Jae continues recovering at U Va. Medical Center.


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