Killed – Jayson Syrkes (Spotsylvania, VA)

Jayson Syrkes

Two Spotsylvania teenagers charged in the fatal shooting of another teen will be tried as adults.
The Free Lance-Star reported that a Spotsylvania Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge certified the charges against 17-year-old Steven Foster and 15-year-old Douglas Hayes on Wednesday. Judge Philip Fines sent the case to the grand jury.

Police found the body of 18-year-old Jayson Marquis Syrkes last December along a wood line behind his home in Spotsylvania.

Steven Ray Foster Jr. will be 46 years old when he is expected to be released from prison in 2044.
The 16-year-old was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with all but 30 years suspended in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court.

Foster was one of two county teens charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jayson Marquis Syrkes, 18, in the Sylvania Heights area in December.

Foster also received a 20-year suspended sentence for statutory burglary.

A law enforcement officer reported that his home was broken into on Dec. 1 and six firearms were stolen, along with some loose change. Foster was considered a suspect a day before the shooting because the officer’s neighbors had seen him knocking on doors there, the agreement said.

Then on Dec. 7, Michael Dunivan called police after he heard a gunshot behind his home on Mansfield Street off Tidewater Trail and saw two boys running away toward the River Heights trailer park. Dunivan later learned that it was his grandson who was shot.

According to the agreement, 17-year-old Douglas “Dougie” Hayes and Foster arranged to meet with Syrkes to sell him one of the stolen guns, a Glock 9 mm, for $100.

When the teens met, Foster showed Syrkes a different gun. Foster told police he pulled out the clip, pushed it back in, then pulled the trigger.

Syrkes was struck in the face at close range and was dead by the time police arrived. Police said Syrkes had a $50 bill in his pocket.

According to the agreement, Hayes told police that he wiped down the gun and threw it over a fence near a white shed on Christopher Court.

Officers and tracking dogs searched the area, and Foster and Hayes were both apprehended within an hour of the shooting.

Jayson Syrkes, 18, was found shot to death in the woods behind some homes in the Sylvania Heights area of Spotsylvania, Va., Saturday afternoon, and two teenagers have been charged.


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