‘They left him on the ground to die’: grandma of Newport News man gunned down

Posted at 5:43 AM, Aug 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-06 22:49:09-04

Newport News, Virginia - Linda Nelson is not only left with the loss of her grandson, but also the burden of knowing his killer is still on the streets.

"They left him on the ground to die,” Nelson says. “They just left him to die. Help us find who did this. This is terrible."

28-year-old Angel Alicea was gunned down Monday night at the intersection of Crutchfield Drive and Ruston Drive in Newport News.

"He was on his way back home,” Nelson says. “He was trying to get home. We’re just around the corner."

19-year-old Melissa Cinnamon was at home with her family when she heard the gunfire.

"We all heard the gunshots,” she says. “It woke every one up."

When she saw Alicea bleeding on the pavement, Cinnamon took action. Being scared, she says, was an afterthought.

"It was more like hurry up and do something because he might not make it," she says.

Along with her father, a paramedic, Cinnamon says she held Alicea's hand and used a towel to stop try to stop the bleeding.

But it was too late. Alicea died soon after medics got there.

"Most people when they see someone hurt they won't help, but she came,” Nelson says. “Her and her daddy came and they held his wounds and everything. so that was kind of a closure for us."

For Nelson, closure will not fully be realized until her grandson's killer is behind bars.

"We just want to find out who did this to my baby,” she says. “It’s not going to bring him back but somebody needs to stop these people.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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