Two brothers found dead inside Va. Beach restaurant www.privateofficer.com
Virginia Beach VA Jan 10 2013 Shortly before 10 p.m. Monday, Alphonso White called his fiancée, Jessica Haynes, to check in on her and their 2-month-old son.
In two hours, he would be closing Rally’s fast-food restaurant for the night. He told Jessica he’d pick up some movies on the way home.
“He told me that he loved me,” she said.
Midnight came and went. It usually took only 30 minutes to shut down the restaurant near Lynnhaven Mall and get home. Haynes’ sister started texting and calling White and his brother about 1:30 a.m. and got no response. At first, she thought maybe they had gone to play cards somewhere.
A delivery driver who arrived at Rally’s about 2:10 a.m. Tuesday found a body lying inside the restaurant and called 911. Police discovered a second when they got to the scene in the Parkway Plaza Shopping Center. One was White, 27, police said, and the other his brother, Michael A. Johnson, 19. Both had been shot, police said.
Police on Tuesday gave no description of a suspect or possible motive for the double homicide. Early in the morning, they dusted the building for fingerprints and placed evidence markers at the scene. Police said the double homicide is not related to a nearby shooting that injured a man Monday afternoon in the 3000 block of Bow Creek Blvd.
Haynes met White in St. Louis in 2008. Three years later, he made a 900-mile trek to Virginia Beach.
“He moved here to be with me,” Haynes said. “He was all around a good guy, really. … If you needed him, he was there to help.”
White earned his high school diploma through online courses, Haynes said, and started working at Rally’s last year. He moved up to a manager position in months, she said.
In October the couple’s son, Alphonso Cardell White Jr., was born seven weeks early. Johnson and his mother came to Virginia Beach from Mississippi to visit and help with the baby, and Johnson asked whether he could stay. He got a job working at a Sonic restaurant.
A few days before Christmas, the baby came home from the hospital. Johnson gave his newborn nephew a blanket he had crocheted himself with blue, black and gray yarn.
Monday night, Johnson had been at the mall and went to Rally’s to wait for his brother’s shift to end, Haynes said. It’s the same restaurant where she works.
“If he wasn’t at work, I would have been at work,” Haynes said. “It would have been me.”
Johnson leaves behind an infant daughter in Missouri, said Haynes’ sister, Johari Williams. White had two daughters, ages 9 and almost 1, in Illinois and his 2-month-old son in Virginia Beach, who on Tuesday evening was wrapped in the blanket his uncle crocheted for him.
“They’re my little brothers,” Williams said. “This is all so surreal to me. It is extremely, extremely, extremely hard to believe everything.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Office at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887) or text VBTIP with information to CRIMES (274637). Callers and texters remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest.