FBI Richmond
Public Affairs Specialist Dennette Rybiski
(804) 261-1044
September 21, 2018

FBI Richmond’s Central Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force Investigates and Offers a Reward Associated with a 2015 Richmond Murder as Part of a Cold Case Initiative

Investigators assigned to the FBI Richmond Division’s Central Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force request the public’s assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for the murder of Mr. Muhammed Abu-Bakr in 2015.

On October 17, 2015, officers with the City of Richmond Police Department were dispatched to the 300 block of Hunt Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, for a report of random gunfire. Officers on scene found the victim, Mr. Abu-Bakr, deceased from multiple gunshot wounds.

The investigation accounts for the victim making purchases the evening of October 17, 2015 at the Walmart Express on Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus prior to getting on a GRTC bus alone around 8:30 p.m. at Shaffer and Broad Streets, boarding another bus at the Transfer Station at 9th Street at 9:06 p.m., and then ending his bus ride at 9:19 p.m. Mr. Abu-Bakr was shot moments later.

At the time of Mr. Abu-Bakr’s death he was wearing very clean dark blue jeans; clean, tan, ankle-height work boots; and a white t-shirt under a black hooded sweat shirt and dark gray jacket. The victim had very short hair and a goatee with a little bit of gray in it. He was carrying a black backpack.

A Seeking Information poster has been created and posted online, and will appear on social media. The public is encouraged to share news of this investigation to enhance awareness.

The FBI’s Central Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this violent crime. This case is being investigated by members of the task force, along with the City of Richmond Police Department as part of a Cold Case Initiative. Please contact the Richmond Division of the FBI at 804-261-1044 or tips.fbi.gov with information that may lead to the identification of the person(s) responsible.