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Police investigate homicide in Mayfield

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By KEITH EPPS
The man killed early Sunday in a Fredericksburg neighborhood has been identified as 28-year-old Rodney Darnell Beanum Jr.

Beanum was found dead about 2:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of Howard Avenue in Mayfield subdivision after police responded to reports of gunfire. He had been shot multiple times, including at least once in the head.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said it is not yet clear who shot Beanum or why. “We believe there are people who have information about this crime and we would like for them to come forward,” Bledsoe said.

A resident who lives in that area said that at least 10 shots were fired, but the resident did not know if more than one person was shooting or how many people were outside at the time. A Winnebago parked at one of the homes had at least one window shot out, the resident said.

The crime scene had been cleared by 10 a.m. Sunday, leaving no trace anything had happened.

Beanum, who had a jury trial scheduled Feb. 5 in Stafford Circuit Court on drug-related charges, was well-known to city police.

Stafford and Fredericksburg court records showed extensive files for Beanum dating back nearly a decade.

He was known as King Tweezy, according to the memorials posted to the fredericksburg.com Facebook page.

Beanum’s grandmother, who did not identify herself, said she raised Beanum since he was a baby and wanted to share more about him, but wasn’t ready to speak to a reporter quite yet.

Anyone with information is asked about his slaying is asked to call city police at 540/373-3122. Bledsoe said callers can remain anonymous.

Reporter Katie Thisdell contributed to this story.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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