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19-year-old arrested in Hardy Drive homicide in Charlottesville

murder suspect Charlottesville
Raymaqu’a Antonio Nicholas

The Charlottesville Police Department has made an arrest in the Feb. 22 murder of 20-year-old Nicklous Pendleton of Gordonsville.

According to police, Raymaqu’a Antonio Nicholas, 19, was taken into custody Wednesday without incident.

Nicholas has been charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Charlottesville Police detectives, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Commonwealth Attorney’s office collaborated on the arrest.

To protect the integrity of the investigation, the potential for future charges, and subsequent court proceedings, no other information will be released at this time.


Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.