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Scottsville man charged with killing 2 at off-campus JMU apartment party

A Scottsville man has been charged with killing two, including a high school student, at an April house party in Rockingham County near James Madison University.

Chavis Javon Barbour, 21, faces two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

Barbour was arrested on April 25 on drug distribution charges and has been in custody since then.

He now stands accused of two homicides at a late-night party at the Redpoint apartment complex immediately south of Harrisonburg.

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office said it responded to reports of shots fired around midnight the night of April 14.

"Upon arrival, it was determined there had been a party at a residence there and two male subjects had been shot," the sheriff’s office said in a statement the following day. "Both subjects were pronounced as deceased at that location, inside the residence."

Those subjects were 22-year-old D’angelo Marquise Gracy of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and 17-year-old Calour Mandrill Fields of Harrisonburg.

While the Redpoint apartment complex advertises itself as "student housing near James Madison University," neither of them was a student at the school.

JMU President Jonathan Alger said the deaths were nevertheless a blow to the university community.

“Although they were not JMU students, they have connections with our local community and many across our campus will be impacted,” Alger said in a statement at the time. “As a university, we believe in the importance of supporting one another during difficult times. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of these two individuals.”

Fields’ death prompted a walkout at Harrisonburg High School, which he attended before his death. Students wore red, Fields’ favorite color, and No. 85, Fields’ number on the high school football team, to honor his memory and draw attention to gun violence.

After the abolishment of capital punishment in Virginia, aggravated murder is now punishable upon conviction by a mandatory life sentence in prison. Using a firearm in the commission of a felony comes with a minimum mandatory sentence of three years upon first conviction; second and subsequent convictions carry a minimum sentence of five years.

Barbour remains behind bars at the Rockingham County Jail, according to jailhouse records.


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