*UPDATE* Residential Fire and Hit & Run Occur on Rose Petal Drive

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

UPDATE Feb 4th

​After consultation with the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney, additional charges of 2nd degree murder and Stab while in Commission of a Felony were obtained for 33-year-old Roel Ray Delua.  He remains in custody at the Virginia Beach Correctional​ Facility.


The decedent has been identified as 32-year-old John L. Kilgore of Virginia Beach.


One person has been arrested in connection to  what has been determined to be a domestic related incident on Rose Petal Drive.

The investigation thus far has indicated that after Virginia Beach Emergency Communications received a 911 call reporting a house fire in the 1700 block of Rose Petal Drive, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle that was fleeing the same residence.  The adult female victim of the hit and run was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

As firefighters entered the burning dwelling, they located another victim, an adult male, who was later pronounced deceased on scene.

The suspect was identified, and after a collaborative effort between the VBPD's Detective Bureau and Warrant Fugitive Unit, he was taken into custody without incident approximately 6 hours later at the Salem Crossing Wal-Mart.

33-year old Roel Ray Delua of Virginia Beach was arrested and charged with Felonious Assault and Felony Hit & Run.  Additional charges are forthcoming after consultation with the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained prior to contact with the police.


On January 28th at approximately 8:04 pm Virginia Beach Emergency Communications received​ a report of a house fire in the 1700 block of Rose Petal Drive. A few minutes later, a call came in for a dispute and a hit and run accident at the same location.

A pedestrian (adult) was struck during the hit and run accident and was transported to a local hospital with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries.

This investigation is in the very early stages and is being worked by both the Virginia Beach Police Department and the Virginia Beach Fire Department. Additional details will be provided as they become available.

MPO Linda Kuehn

Virginia Beach Police Department / Public Affairs Officer