RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police have identified the victim in Sunday’s homicide as 18-year-old Jahmeiqua Phillips of the 1800 block of Q Street.
At around 2:09 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1800 block of Q Street. When they arrived, officers found Phillips and another woman in a side yard of an apartment building. Both were suffering from gunshot wounds.
The women were rushed to a local hospital where Philips died. The other victim has an injury that is not considered life-threatening.
“Our young kids out here are dying and it doesn’t make sense,” Phillips’ grandmother, Consuella Forbes, told 8News. “Young people need to realize; stop all this killing. It’s ridiculous and senseless.”
Forbes said Philips graduated from high school earlier this year and was working full time in retail.
“How are we supposed to hold our heads up with my little sister gone from us?” Philips’ sister, Tiarra Fobes, said while choking back tears.
Affectionately called ‘Na Na,’ Phillips was remembered by her family as a ray of light.
“Na Na was like the life of the party, always happy,” said Tiarra Forbes. “I’ll miss her coming into the room, I’ll miss everything about my sister.”
“Our young kids out here are dying and it doesn’t make sense.”
Major crimes detectives are pursuing several leads in this case. While they investigate, Phillips’ family is pleading for an end to the violence.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call major crimes detective Kevin Hughes at (804) 646-3917 or contact crime stoppers at 780-1000 or at http://www.7801000.com. Submit tips to GUN250 about people illegally possessing guns by texting crime stoppers at 274637, then using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. Crime stoppers methods are anonymous.
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