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UPDATED: Son charged with killing mother in South Richmond

UPDATED: Son charged with killing mother in South Richmond

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From 2015 to 2016, murder and non-negligent manslaughter rates in the United States went up 8.4%, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Here is a look at the cities with the highest murder rates in the country.

Richmond police said Thursday that a 26-year-old man has been charged with homicide after an assault left his mother dead in South Side.

About 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday, police responded to the 3500 block of East Broad Rock Road, just north of McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, after receiving a report of a person down. Arriving officers found an unresponsive woman who had been injured in an assault.

The woman, identified Thursday as 55-year-old Melissa Paige, was pronounced dead at the scene. The state medical examiner’s office will determine the cause and manner of her death.

Police said Thursday that Paige’s son, John Chillum, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective P. Mansfield at (804) 646-6996 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

You can also submit tips at or by using the P3 Tips app for smartphones.

All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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