Sisters stabbed, one killed in Southside

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We have new details on a double stabbing in Richmond's southside.

The two victims are sisters. One was killed. The the other is still in the hospital.

The stabbing happened in the area of Hull street and Swansboro lane. The city's latest homicide has neighbors worried.

"It's very unsettling to live here," said one neighbor.

Police responded to the stabbing around 1:30 Sunday morning. EMS crews rushed the woman to the hospital. Police say she'll be okay.

Soon after arriving, officers found out the victim's sister had also been stabbed just around the corner.

29-year-old Rakita McClenny died. Neighbors say she was laying on the ground on Swansboro lane near Decatur street.

Neighbors say the violence all stemmed from a fight at Ed's Cafe, that later moved outside.

It's an unsettling thought for people going to church nearby.

"My prayers are with them and their families," said Mitzy Cokes.

"That's sad and traumatic," said Tanesha Grant.

Neighbors in the area say they do all they can to keep their families safe here. They say the crimes that happened Sunday morning don't surprise them.

"It comes with the territory," said Debbie Brewer.

"It's going down, and it's bringing the whole neighborhood down," said another neighbor who didn't want to be identified.

They say they see drug deals and crime on their street often.

"The neighbors are beautiful," said one neighbor. "We have no problem living in this area. It's the outside coming in."

Debbie Brewer makes a point to report anything suspicious in her neighborhood.

"Thinking you are supposed to sit on sidelines and let young people make bad choices and misbehave and not say anything, that's dropping the ball," Brewer added.

Sunday's murder gives Brewer and her neighbors just one more reason to keep a watch out for their community.

Police haven't arrested a suspect but they say they're following some pretty good leads right now.

If you have any information on either stabbing, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

We'll bring any new developments in this investigation.

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