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Newport News Police Department
Saturday December 12th, 2009 :: 10:19 a.m. EST



CONTACT: Harold O. Eley, Assistant Public Information Officer
DATE: December 12, 2009

Update 12/12/09: Next of kin has been notified. The victim of this morning’s shooting/homicide is 17-year-old Jerome Houston, of the 500 block of Bellfield Dr. in Newport News. Investigators located drugs and alcohol at the scene and are questioning witnesses. No suspect information is available in this ongoing investigation. This is the 22nd homicide of the year.


At about 1:00 A.M. Saturday, December 12, 2009, police responded to the 800 block of Lassiter Ct. to calls of multiple shots fired in the area. When officers arrived they located a teenage male lying on the ground. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where doctors found a single gunshot wound to the lower back. At 1:44 A.M. the victim was pronounced dead. The victim in this case has not been positively identified. While officers have determined what they believe to be his identity, there is still a possibility that information may be incorrect.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Newport News Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Crime Line callers may remain totally anonymous, are never required to testify in court and could be eligible for a case reward for information leading to an arrest. Information may also be sent by text message to

Newport News Police Department
9710 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23605

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 757-928-4100

800 Lassiter Dr
Newport News, VA 23607

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