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Varina HS grad killed in Norfolk assault


Police are searching for two suspects wanted in connection with the death of an Old Dominion University student with ties to the Richmond area.

Friends of the family told NBC12 the victim, identified as 20-year-old Paul Johnson, comes from a large, tight-knit military family. Johnson was a graduate of Varina High School in Henrico County, according to friends and Johnson's Facebook page.

Norfolk Police told NBC12 affiliate WAVY-TV that Johnson was struck in the head at about 1:00 a.m. Sunday. Johnson had been walking along Hampton Boulevard at the time.

Johnson was rushed to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and pronounced dead Sunday afternoon.

Late Sunday evening, police obtained warrants for 21-year-old David Grimm and 20-year-old Christopher Johnson. Grimm is wanted for second-degree murder, while Johnson is wanted for assault. Norfolk Police told NBC12 the suspect identified as Christopher Johnson, and who shares the same last name as the victim, is not related to Paul Johnson.

Suspect photos weren't being released by police Sunday night.

The attack happened not far from the Old Dominion University campus. ODU Police issued the following statement late Sunday night:

Dear Campus Community,

The Norfolk Police Department, with the assistance of the Old Dominion University Police Department, has been conducting an intensive investigation of the early morning assault of Old Dominion student Paul Johnson, who passed away this afternoon from his injuries. 

Warrants have been secured charging two individuals, who are not affiliated with ODU, in this incident:

David William Grimm Jr., 21 years old, charged with 2nd Degree Murder, and Christopher Chase Johnson, 20 years old, charged with Misdemeanor Assault.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident is requested to contact the Norfolk Police Department homicide section at 664-7023 or the Old Dominion Police at 683-4000. 

Old Dominion University Police would like to thank the campus community for its assistance in providing information to help solve this crime.

Rhonda L. Harris
Chief of Police

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