Killer of Newport News teen still on the loose

Posted at 11:28 PM, Sep 17, 2014

Newport News, Va. - It was on a rainy night eight years ago that 14-year-old Antonio Wilkins was gunned down near his home.

For his mom, Lavonne Pope, the darkness still hasn't cleared.  Detectives have never been able to find the person who killed her son.

He was shot in October of 2006 while walking to his home on Ridley Circle in the East End of Newport News.

Antonio would have been 22 by now, but time hasn't made what happened that night any easier for Pope to bear.

"He never got to go to prom, have kids, they took all that away," Pope said.

Pope says she still believes that her son will get justice, which is why she asked police to take another look at his case.

Detective Schraudt is now in the process of reviewing the file.

He says with cold cases, there is the chance that new technology could be useful, but what they really need is help from the community.

"If you have any information, it's very important for us to have that.  That's how we solve a lot of these cases.  Forensic evidence is great, but having somebody who actually saw something or knows something is very important," said Det. Schraudt.

Pope says she's hopeful someone will finally come forward and give her the closure she needs.

If you know anything about what happened that night, or have heard something in the years since, police need you to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887.) Your tip will be anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.