'I want my son back': 15-year-old dead, two others injured in Norfolk triple shooting

Posted at 5:06 AM, Jul 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-13 16:30:46-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Police are investigating a shooting that injured three people early Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened in the 1700 block of Thurgood Street around 12:45 a.m.

"I am hurting. I want my son back - I really do," said Crystal Edmonds.

Edmond's son Kristopher, a rising 9th grader, is the latest teenager dead as violence plagues Hampton Roads.

"He was in the wrong place at the wrong time," she said as tears ran down her face.

Kristopher's family is in shock today, trying to swallow the fact that they will soon have to bury a 15-year-old.

"It is heartless. Kids are dying, dying, dying, and I am tired of it," said Kristopher's aunt.

"He was a good boy. He was getting his life together and singing in the church choir," said Wanda Edmonds, Kristopher's grandmother.

His family says Kristopher, known as "B-bop," was hanging out at the neighborhood playground near Thurgood Street in the Diggs Town area of Campostella Road when shots rang out around 12:45 a.m. His mother says she saw something suspicious.

"I saw two gentlemen get out of a blue or black car; they jumped in it after they finished shooting and went down Melon Street," said Crystal Edmonds.

She told News 3 does not believe her son was targeted.

"We found him slumped over," said Kristopher's grandmother.

The two other victims, a 14-year-old, and a 16-year-old, were both taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This incident comes after News 3 reported on the growing number of children and teens injured because of gun violence. The excruciating pain of losing a child is being felt by too many families as gun violence continues to plague our youth.

Since Memorial Day weekend, at least 23 kids have now been shot or killed. Click here to view a breakdown of the tragic incidents.

"It is devastating. They can't come out to play and enjoy themselves because you don't know what can happen," said Wanda Edmonds.


The investigation remains ongoing. If you have any information regarding this incident, call the Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK-U-UP (1–888–562–5887) or submit a tip online at

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