UPDATE: Police investigate 34th homicide

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police Department is investigating the city's 34th homicide. At 11 p.m, detectives were still on scene, trying to figure out exactly what happened. We're told the victim's body was still inside the house, as forensics investigators process evidence. Police say they're not looking for a suspect right now.

James Foster opened the window of his home around 6:30 p.m. to hear a man's call for help.

"Heard someone scream out 'For the love of God would someone please call the police,'" said Foster.

Police say someone, although they won't say who just yet, was able to flag down an officer on a routine bike patrol and lead him into the duplex at 2918 Hanes Avenue. The officer then called EMS because a woman was on the floor with some sort of trauma to the head. She was pronounced dead ten minutes later. Foster says he saw Richmond Police consoling a man in the front yard.

When Foster's girlfriend Katy Cook came home a short time later, she found a crime scene.

"I'm shocked. It's strange. I guess you don't really expect this kind of stuff to happen around your home," Cook said.

Police have identified the victim as 38 year old Tresa Williams.

"It's sad. It's pitiful. People can't come together and live like they're supposed to. I feel bad because people who live in this neighborhood so long and raise generations of kids, they can't sit on their porch because of something like this. It doesn't make it better at all for nobody," said local resident John Reid.

As the investigation continues, residents, who say this neighborhood is peaceful, are left wondering.

"If it's domestic, I'm not too worried.  If it's some sort of psycho who just walked into a house and killed someone, then I'm going to be a little freaked out," Foster said.

While witnesses say they saw officers take a man away, Richmond Police will not confirm if someone is in custody for questioning. Officials do say, however, they are not searching for a suspect. No arrests have been made.

This is the city's 34th homicide -- that's two more than all of last year combined. But, police tell us last year's total of 32 was extraordinarily low.

Anyone with any information on this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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