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Neighbors Speak Out on Hardy Drive Homicide

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Charlottesville police are investigating their second homicide in just over a week, and Monday, we are learning more about the victim.

Police found Oscar Brown shot to death on Hardy Drive Saturday morning. Now, those who knew him are sharing what he was like and voicing concerns about what they consider a dangerous neighborhood.

Neighbors say stray bullets and the sound of gunshots are an everyday occurrence on Hardy Drive.

"No, it's not uncommon at all,” said Yarnelle Woodfolk, Brown’s cousin.

Police found 36-year old Brown, or "Nat" as his friends and family called him, shot to death Saturday morning.

“Officers on the scene found a male victim on the outside of the apartments there on Hardy Drive,” said Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts of the Charlottesville Police Department.

Brown's cousin and neighbors we spoke with Monday say they weren't shocked to hear the news.

"It's not surprising that people that live in this community got to go through this every day. It's not fair to these young children because the police is not doing their job,” said Woodfolk.

Police are not releasing any new information, but family members tell us Brown was visiting the neighborhood when he was shot. They say they're not sure what sparked the shooting.

Police are still looking for 39-year-old Avery Gray in connection with Brown's death.

"Although we have received some phone calls we're still asking for anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Mr. Gray if they could give us a call,” said Roberts.

As that search continues, the Westhaven community is trying to put an end to the violence.

"We're going to have a peace walk in which we show the entire community that we are unified. We want to show a sense of solidarity,” said Wes Bellamy, who is organizing the peace walk.

"We need the peace in here. We have young children that don't have nothing to do in the community,” said Woodfolk.

Woodfolk says Brown was well loved and would do anything he could to help people out.

"He always puts a smile on your face no matter what if it's a good or bad day, he was always around,” said Woodfolk.

If you have any information about Gray's whereabouts call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000. The peace walk will be held Friday evening in Westhaven at 8 p.m.

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