Vigil and march honor murdered Portsmouth man

Posted at 10:59 PM, Dec 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-08 14:18:14-05

Portsmouth, Va. - Hundreds gathered in Portsmouth Sunday evening at New Mount Olive Baptist church to honor the life of 25-year-old Antonio Atkins.

Officials say Atkins was shot to death Friday morning around 2:30 a.m. while driving on Effingham Street in Portsmouth.

While the powerful words spoken expressed the community's grief, Atkins' family and community leaders also took the podium to issue a plea to stop violence in the city.

Following the vigil, participants took it to the streets for what they called a "Stop the Violence March." The march ended on Effingham Street where Atkins was killed.

Police have no suspect information in the shooting of Atkins. If you have any information, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.