now to developing news out of portsmouth police confirmed today an inmate who died at the hampton roads regional jail last month was murdered at the hand of another prisoner police say 55-year-old thomas flood died in february officers charged sham sidden abdullah with first degree murder today i spoke with a friend of flood who was surprised to know he had trouble with the law and that he died in a facility that has trouble of its own thomas flood who was 55 years old died friday february 19th around 12 30 p.m after being found unresponsive in his cell we are told efforts to revive him failed wednesday police issued a statement saying flood was murdered by fellow prisoner sham siddin muhammad abdullah a.k.a john frederick thompson who was charged with first degree murder this picture of flood is not the man rika wright remembers definitely surprising i i didn’t even know he was in jail like i’m like what wright recently moved to palm beach but she remembers seeing flight at her former church in virginia beach around march of last year he would be at the door greeting everybody and was always a happy guy court records show flood was behind bars on felony larceny charges for a crime that happened in 2019.

the man who allegedly killed him was behind bars for several felony charges including grand larceny wright was surprised flood had trouble with the law and was in custody at a facility with its own troubles three local sheriffs will no longer send prisoners there following a string of deaths the jail has staffing issues and it reportedly has failed to comply with corrective orders from the department of justice meanwhile wright has reached out to the flood family and she is calling for justice you know you can’t bring somebody back but i just pray that god will bring comfort and peace to the family neither police nor jail officials have released flood’s cause of death abdullah aka john frederick thompson is due in portsmouth general district court on march 29 for the murder charge.

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