Man arrested for shooting dead Virginia semipro football player and third victim at bar

Antoine M. Legrande Jr., 24, was charged Tuesday with triple second-degree murder and related charges, Norfolk Police said in a statement.

Antoine M. Legrande Jr., 24, was charged Tuesday with triple second-degree murder and related charges, Norfolk Police said in a statement.

A Virginia man has been charged in a shooting in March that killed a newspaper reporter and two other young bystanders when a fight broke out outside a Norfolk bar to shut it down, police officers said on Wednesday.

Antoine M. Legrande Jr., 24, was charged Tuesday with triple second-degree murder and related charges, Norfolk Police said in a statement.

One of the victims was Sierra Jenkins, 25, of Norfolk. She was a reporter for the area’s daily newspaper, The Virginian-Pilot.

The March 19 shooting also claimed the lives of semi-pro football players Devon M. Harris, 25, and Marquel S. Andrews, 24, both of Portsmouth, Virginia.

Two other wounded, who were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, are expected to recover from their injuries.

Legrande was arrested in Norfolk with the help of US Marshals and the Metropolitan Police Special Operations Team, the statement said.

Police said Legrande had a gun when he was arrested and was being held without bond. It’s unclear if Legrande has hired a lawyer to speak on his behalf.

Jenkins, pictured, worked as an intern at Atlanta Magazine and CNN before joining The Virginian Pilot newspaper in December 2020

Jenkins, pictured, worked as an intern at Atlanta Magazine and CNN before joining The Virginian Pilot newspaper in December 2020

Jenkins, a Georgia State graduate, was caught in the crossfire as she exited the bar, restaurant manager Rory Schindel told the newspaper

Pictured: Sierra Jenkins, 25, covering the training for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk

Jenkins, a Georgia State graduate, was caught in the crossfire as she exited the bar, restaurant manager Rory Schindel told the newspaper

Jenkins, pictured, died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after the shooting outside Chicho's Pizza backstage

Jenkins, pictured, died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after the shooting outside Chicho’s Pizza backstage

Pictured: Jenkins as a child.  The 25-year-old Virginia newspaper reporter was one of three dead

Pictured: Jenkins as a child. The 25-year-old Virginia newspaper reporter was one of three dead

“Today’s announcement is an important first step in bringing justice to the families of these three innocent victims,” ​​Norfolk City manager Chip Filer said in a statement.

Police Chief Michael Goldsmith noted that Legrande’s arrest came after a lengthy investigation that also included following up on leads from the community.

The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. Police had said an argument that preceded the shooting may have started over a spilled drink. But Jenkins’ father, Maurice Jenkins, told the pilot Wednesday that he still had questions about the motive.

Devon M. Harris, aka Malik Harris, was one of three people killed early March 19, 2022 in Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk Police identified the other person killed as Devon M. Harris, 25, of Portsmouth

Devon M. Harris, 25, aka Malik Harris, was one of three people killed early March 19, 2022 in Norfolk, Virginia

“I don’t think it’s really about that,” Jenkins said. “I won’t be surprised when we start hearing that there’s a lot more that led to this happening.”

Jenkins said he was encouraged by the arrest.

“For our family, what we’re going through is eating us up – two months without knowing who is behind this,” he told the pilot.

Jenkins’ editor revealed that he had tried to reach her numerous times after learning of the fatal shooting in order to match the story to her, only to learn that she herself was one of the victims killed.

A third victim, 24-year-old Marquel Andrews, was wounded and died three weeks later, on April 12

A third victim, 24-year-old Marquel Andrews, was wounded and died three weeks later, on April 12

A third victim, 24-year-old Marquel Andrews, was wounded and died three weeks later, on April 12

Jenkins, a Georgia State graduate, was caught in the crossfire as she exited the bar, restaurant manager Rory Schindel told the newspaper.

“Sierra was a bright and talented woman with so much to speak for. Her passion for journalism was undeniable, and our community is better because of her coverage,” said Kris Worrell, editor-in-chief of Virginia Media, which runs The Virginian-Pilot and several other newspapers.

“Sierra was fun and energetic and full of enthusiasm. We are absolutely heartbroken.”

A person walks past hours after a deadly shooting outside the restaurant at Chicho's Pizza backstage in Norfolk, Virginia in March

A person walks past hours after a deadly shooting outside the restaurant at Chicho’s Pizza backstage in Norfolk, Virginia in March

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