Stabbing victim’s family: Victim was pregnant

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Detectives have arrested a man in connection with the stabbing death of a woman who family say was pregnant at the time.

The incident happened Sunday afternoon in the 1100 block of East 16th Street.

Police arrived at the scene around 2:45 p.m. to find Rita B. Hawthorne, who lived at the residence, unresponsive from a stab wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rita Hawthorne, Source: Family

The Medical Examiner has yet to officially determine her cause and manner of death.

Police have yet to charge George H. Cooke Jr. in the case, but he was arrested in connection to the case. He has been charged with robbery and felony breaking and entering in connection with another case.

According to family, Hawthorne and Cooke were in a relationship, and the baby would have been his child.

Detectives confirmed that Cooke and Hawthorne were known to each other.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective David Cuffley at (804) 646-6795 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at

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