Family asks for help with murder victim's burial

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The family of Richmond's latest homicide victim is speaking out, asking for information and help burying their loved one.

19-year-old Sophia Alexander was found in her Hillside Court apartment Tuesday night.

She had been shot to death.

It's been almost a week and still police have not made any arrests in this case.

Now the family is dealing with another dilemma, they cannot afford to pay for a funeral.

Sophia Alexander loved the Second Street Festival.

Her mother Yolanda Diallo hoped to go with the 19-year-old this year.

Diallo never thought on her next trip here she'd have to carry a bucket to ask for donations so she could bury her baby girl.

"We didn't think we'd be losing anyone no time soon," she said. "She had a bright future ahead of her."

Yolanda and Sophia's sisters have been hitting the streets, even putting donation buckets in local stores.

So far the family has been able to raise about $5,000.

They need $7,000 for Wednesday's funeral services.

"We didn't expect to have to deal with that right now and because we didn't have insurance we have to raise this money for her. And we're going to raise this money for her," Diallo said.

Less than a week ago, Sophia's best friend came for a visit and found the 19-year-old dead in the living room.

Witnesses tell the family they heard gunfire around 4:00 Tuesday morning.

The body wasn't discovered until 7:00 that night.

Diallo says Sophia's three-year-old son was found covered in her blood.

She was killed exactly one week before his birthday.

They had also just found out she was a few weeks pregnant.

She had so much to live for when her life was cut short.

Now, only questions remain.

"What happened? How did this happen to my child? Who did this," Diallo said.

Alexander's funeral is set for Wednesday at First Baptist Church.

The family is hoping for some closure in the case before then.

If you have any information that can help police, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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