Bond hearing set for Norfolk father accused of murdering 4-year-old son

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Ravyon Messer, 26, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection to the fatal shooting of his 3-year-old son that occurred on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Courtesy of Norfolk Police Department)
Ravyon Messer, 26, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection to the fatal shooting of his 4-year-old son that occurred on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Courtesy of Norfolk Police Department)

NORFOLK — A father accused of murdering his four-year-old son at their East Ocean View home this week was arraigned on Friday morning.

Rayvon A. Messer, 26, had tears in his eyes as a Norfolk Juvenile Domestic Relations Court judge set his bond hearing for April 25.

Messer was arrested on Thursday morning and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his four-year-old son, Rayvon Messer Jr.

Rayvon Jr. was shot around 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday at an apartment located in the 9500 block of 19th Bay Street. When police arrived, they found the boy outside of the house suffering from a gunshot wound, according to Norfolk Police Department spokesman Daniel Hudson.

Rayvon Jr. was rushed to a local hospital, but died shortly after arriving.

Messer has also been charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is currently being held in Norfolk City Jail without bond.

A preliminary hearing has also been set for Messer’s case on July 6.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@southsidedaily.com.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.