UPDATE: Murdered Woman's Family Talks

Tawny Hamlet
Tawny Hamlet

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police are investigating an overnight murder in South Richmond.

Just before 11 p.m. last night, police officers heard the sound of gunshots near East 19th Street and Chicago Avenue. When they arrived less than a minute later they discovered the body of Katrice Robertson, 25, of the 1800 block of Chicago Avenue, lying in the alley behind her residence.

Robertson had been shot and hit by a car. We were told earlier this morning that shot hit Katrice in the head.

After getting some information from witnesses at the scene, a suspect's car was spotted and pulled over. That vehicle was driven by Tawny Hamlet of Lynhaven Avenue. She was arrested and charged with felony hit and run. Right now, investigators are looking into a possible link between the hit and run and the shooting.

It's the smile that Chante Robertson and her brother Domonick are going to remember the most about their older sister, Katrice Robertson. This after their family is rocked by her murder.

"She had a smile that, the smile that you'd never forget. It just if you ever saw her smile, you'd never forget it," says Chante.

"I lost my oldest sister. I lost my best friend. I am hurting man," says Domonick.

Investigators say just before 11 last night, Katrice was shot in the head, hit by a car, and killed. This all happened behind her home here in an alley.

Chante says everyone was celebrating her birthday yesterday. After coming home, her brother Domonick heard something terribly wrong across the street.

"I just heard gunshots and I went running because I had a feeling that was my oldest sister. I just went running but by the time I got there, it was just too late," says Domonick.

Moments later, the neighborhood was surrounded by crime tape, after Domonick ran and told Chante what happened.

"My world just stopped. I couldn't grasp the thought of my oldest sister being gone," says Chante.

Police were able to catch up with this woman, Tawny Hamlet, in the 100 block of Dock Street after witnesses gave investigators a description of her car. Police say hamlet hit Katrice and left the scene.

Katrice was set to turn 26 next week. "I'm just going to do my best to make her proud of me because I knew that she'd want me to do the right thing in life and keep on moving forward," adds Domonick.

But still, that doesn't take the pain away that Domonick, and his entire family are feeling right now.

People with information about this murder are asked to call the Richmond Police Tip Line at 514-TIPS (8477) or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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