Police Name Victim of Homicide at Alhamraa Restaurant

Posted: Updated: May 11, 2014 09:45 PM
Alhamraa Restaurant, the scene of the homicide Alhamraa Restaurant, the scene of the homicide

The owner of a restaurant that became the scene of Charlottesville's first homicide of the year says he's shocked and saddened over what happened.

Sunday, Charlottesville police identified the victim of Saturday morning’s homicide as 30-year-old Antonio Lamar Washington from Charlottesville.

Police responded to the restaurant early Saturday morning to find Washington inside with what they describe as chest injuries. He was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center where he later died.

The restaurant’s owner, Kalim Sellam, says he was renting out the space in the Ix building on Second Street Southeast for a party when the homicide happened.

“I always believe in peace, and my father lived until 104, he was peaceful and I follow in his path and that's really it. I felt bad, I feel sorry. My condolences to the family,” Sellam said.

A nearby business owner, Jonathan Schnyer says nothing like this has happened before, but it's not completely unexpected.

“These restaurants are great, and you know they're very safe while they're open. I've never felt unsafe except when these parties are going on,” Schnyer stated. “I mean, it certainly didn't surprise me.”

Charlottesville police have not identified a suspect. If you know anything that can help with the investigation, police urge you to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

Charlottesville Police Department Press Release:

On May 10, 2014 at approximately 1:00 am, officers with the Charlottesville Police Department responded to a disorder at 929 Second St. SE.

When officers arrived on the scene they found a male inside the Alhamraa Restaurant with injuries to his chest. He was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Our investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Det. Woodzell at (434) 970-3280 or Crime Stoppers (434) 977-4000.

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