CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Progress has been made in the investigation of a killing on Hardy Drive. The Charlottesville Police Department has made an arrest for the Feb. 22 murder of a 20-year-old man from Gordonsville.

CPD detectives have arrested 19-year-old Raymaqu'a Antonio Nicholas of Charlottesville for the murder of 20-year-old Nicklous Pendleton.

"Ray Antonio Nicholas was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony for the murder of Nicklous Pendleton," said Chief Michael Kochis.

He says Nicholas was arrested Wednesday just outside city lines. Kochis says CPD is thankful for the help from Albemarle County detectives, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Commonwealth Attorney's Office and the FBI.

"I think it just shows the importance that we put on bringing justice to these families and keeping this community safe. We can't do it alone," Kochis said.

Kochis said the people involved did know each other.

"It wasn’t random. It was a meeting that was supposed to occur," he said.

The arrest comes in wake of a string of shootings around Charlottesville and Albemarle County. On Monday night, the city announced it would like to implement a gun buyback program to get more guns off the streets. Kochis says the department is working with the city to get this up and running.

"So, right now we are in the process of working with the city attorney's office about drawing up an ordinance. An ordinance has to exist first before we can get in the process of doing a gun buyback program. But, we are in the process of having an ordinance written as we speak," said Kochis.

In the hope of ending these incidents, Kochis has decided to create a new, full-time position within CPD to build trust with the community, called the Community Involvement Coordinator.

"His job is to create programs like Citizen Police Academy, work on putting together a chiefs advisory team, which is key stakeholders in the community that would meet with me monthly to talk about the issues and try to work through it to address these complex issues that we are dealing with," said Kochis.

The coordinator will also look at starting a community faith coalition that will involve faith leaders in the community and the police department working together to talk about these issues.