A '6' ft. 9" gentle giant,' slain security guard remembered during vigil

13News Now Audrey Esther was there for the vigil.

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WVEC) -- Family, friends and even strangers gathered to remember a well-known security guard who was shot and killed on Thanksgiving.

"I loved him like he was my brother," says Jesse Joyce who was one of Irvin's close friends. "He was going to be my best man at my wedding coming up."

Joyce and dozens others held a vigil for Irvin in same the parking lot where 42-year-old Richard Irvin lost his life.

"I can't tell you the depth of how I hurt and what I feel right now," says Theo Packer, Irvin's co-worker and friend.

Around 2 a.m. Thursday, Irvin was shot and killed after escorting 26-year-old Coleston Ryan Lewis away from a parking lot tent event held by the County Grill and Smokehouse, York-Poquoson Sheriff's deputies said.

Lewis ran across the street toward the Rip's store. Another armed security guard then shot at Lewis, but missed him and shattered the window at Rip's.

"That kid took a life that night but he also ruined his own life," a speaker said about Lewis during Friday night's vigil.

Friends quickly began sharing pictures and memories of Irvin on his Facebook page. Someone also set up a GoFundMe page to help his family.

"I'm so proud of him and we're going to miss that guy," Packer says.

Anyone with information about where Lewis may be is asked to call the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office Facebook tip line at 757-890-4999 or call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

 


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