Less than two years ago, Noise, reeling from the murder of 26-year-old Joey Spillane, whom he considered to be a member of his family, took out a $ 1,000 loan from his credit union. He gave the money to the Petersburg police to use as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Spillane’s killer.
Spillane, who was white, and Noise, who was black, had developed a unique bond that transcended their age, race and cultural differences, and which extended for the most part to the larger group of men and women who lived together. frequently gather to fish, tell stories and share meals at a location along the Appomattox, not far from the bridge that crosses Ettrick, an area of Chesterfield County.
Noise and the others had adopted Spillane – a married father with a 2-year-old daughter – as one of their own.
On Sunday, several members of the group gathered again along the Appomattox. At around 11 a.m., witnesses said Merhout raced into the area and came within inches of a table where Noise and others were sitting by the river.
Merhout “left” when a member of the group told Merhout to slow down, McRae said.
Noise then spoke up, telling Merhout, “There is a way to do things; we can talk about it, ”McRae said. Merhout then “shared” on Noise and at one point he showed a gun. “It got so bad that Willie called the police.”