Virginia Mother Asks Police to Reopen Case After Her 22-Year-Old Son Was Found Tortured and Killed on Front Porch

Tahj Hopkins his with son (Provided to WTVR)

Re-examining unsolved murders. CBS 6 Crime Insider Jon Burkett has partnered with the Reopen the Case Foundation to highlight cold cases in Virginia with the hope that someone will see the story and provide police with the information investigators need to make an arrest.

“It’s been four years. Nobody has said anything,” Sharie Harris said about the 2018 murder of her son Tahjmere Hopkins. “I don’t understand how nobody saw nothing.”

Hopkins, 22, was found naked, with his hands and feet bound to a metal chair on the front porch of a home on St. Matthew Street in Petersburg.

“It was one of the most brutal murders that I’ve ever seen,” former Petersburg Police Chief Emanuel Chambliss said at the time. “He was beat. He was shot. He was tortured.”


Tahj was last seen alive on May 2, 2018, leaving the McKenzie Street home he shared with his girlfriend.

Neighbors reported hearing gunshots around dusk that evening.

The next morning, Tahj’s body was found on the porch about two miles away.

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