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Relative wanted protective order against person of interest

Alexander Roosevelt Hill, Jr. / Source: Petersburg Police Alexander Roosevelt Hill, Jr. / Source: Petersburg Police

A woman who lost four relatives in a Petersburg fire tried desperately to keep the person of interest in the case, away from her family.

A protective order was filed by Vivian Chavis weeks ago, but only granted by a judge Monday. The order means her ex-boyfriend, Alexander Hill, can't contact her. As she mourns the loss of her relatives, she says it's too little, too late.

"This can't happen to another woman," Chavis said fighting tears. She is dealing with the deaths of her own mother, sister, niece, and 2 year old nephew. Their bodies were found inside a burned home early Saturday.

Hill is now considered a person of interest and is the subject of an international search following the deadly weekend fire. The U.S. Marshals Office is also now involved in the case.

"Too many of our women are being lost because they say no more, no more beating me, no more putting your hands on me, disrespecting me as a woman," she said.

That's why she filed for a protective order against him on April 7th. In it, she writes he "repeatedly call my phone [saying] I hate you…I'm going to get you..."

Chavis, wasn't home at the time of the fire. Monday, the family met with police.

"They ensured us they are going to do a thorough investigation and have many things they are trying to do…What we want more than anything is to make certain that the person or persons that are responsible for this meet justice," said relative Emmett Robinson.

After that meeting, relatives went back to the scene to pray. A move to help find closure in the midst of unexplainable tragedy.

"There's not much left of the house but were still here together," Robinson said.

"I lost everything. The love of my life, my mother, was everything to me," Chavis said.

No word yet from the Medical Examiner's office on the exact cause of death for those four people. Family members say they can't make funeral arrangements until the bodies are released. Fire crews are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Police say Hill has ties to several other cities as well as Trinidad.

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