Prayer vigil held for Richmond woman stabbed to death

Rita Hawthorne, Source: Family

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Friends and family held a prayer vigil for Rita Hawthorne Thursday afternoon.

Hawthorne was stabbed to death on March 19 at her home in the 1100 block of East 16th Street. Family members told 8News she was pregnant.

Police have arrested Hawthorne’s boyfriend, George H. Cooke Jr., in connection with the crime.

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

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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