‘It’s still not real to me.’ Son of woman found dead in Richmond home pleads for answers

Updated: May. 12, 2019 at 5:09 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - On this Mother’s Day, one son is grieving the traumatic loss of his mother after he says she was killed in her home in the Stratford Hills neighborhood of Richmond on May 9.

Police found the body of 53-year-old Suzanne “Suzie” Fairman in her house off Tanglewood Road on Thursday night. Detectives are now asking the community for any information surrounding the VCU administrator’s untimely death.

“It’s still not real to me," her son Scott Fairman said.

May 12 is a Mother’s Day spent without the person Scott Fairman was closest to in his life.

“We were incredibly close. We had each other and only each other. She was the most positive and inspirational person I knew who impacted the lives of anybody she met,” Scott Fairman said.

He quickly returned to his mother’s home Friday - from duty as a sergeant in the North Carolina Air National Guard.

“This happening to her is still unreal...it couldn’t of happened to someone like her,” Scott Fairman said.

So far, police have not released much information, only publicly calling Suzie Fairman’s case a ‘death investigation.’ But her son says detectives did confirm that his mother’s death was not accidental or natural. Fairman is now pleading the community for any tips to help police.

“We need any information at all...no matter how minute it may be,” Scott Fairman said.

Suzie Fairman has spent 13 years as an administrator at VCU, and was well loved by her colleagues.

“She ran the show," said Scott. "there were people in charge, but she did everything behind the scenes. I’ve gotten an overwhelming response from coworkers.”

A memorial service will be held at VCU on Saturday, for those who knew Suzie.

Anyone with information about Suzie Fairman’s case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Baynes at (804) 646-3617 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000, or www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones is also available. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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