Update: Arrest made in November murder of Norfolk teen

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Update: Norfolk Police Fugitive Squad along with the Capital Area Task Force, which encompasses U.S. Marshals, Chesapeake Sheriff, Portsmouth Police, and Newport News Police arrested 26-year-old William A. Hamlin Jr. of Chesapeake in the shooting death of 17-year-old Joel Green. 

Hamlin has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He is awaiting extradition to the Norfolk City Jail.

Norfolk, Va. - A 17-year-old was shot and killed in a South Norfolk neighborhood early Sunday morning.

Police say the call came in around 12:45 a.m. for reports of a gunshot victim. Once on scene, they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, identified as 17-year-old Joel Green, was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he later died.

Detrell Anderson, 21,  who was a good friend of the teen, says he remembers him as a very happy and family oriented person.

"When I found out it was him, it was kind of like - why did this happen?" said Anderson.

No suspect information has been released, but police are asking anyone with information to please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

10 comments

  • CryMea River

    17 year old kid out at almost 1 a.m. in a neighborhood infested with drugs and violence. What did you think would be the outcome????

    • Andanotherthing

      Does it really matter?…. The thug trash in these areas could care less about what area they happen to be in.

  • Tired of Injustice in Hampton Roads

    When will this end? He was a very nice young man and I hope his mother will somehow find peace in that. My prayers and condolences to his family. It’s time to put an end to the senseless killings. Enough is enough.

  • blu

    But yall are making it seem like joel was a bad person he went to church almost every weekend he knew better he was just somewhere at the wrong place during the wrong time with the wrong people but everything happens for a reason jesus want him to come home.

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