Vigil held for 89-year-old woman killed in Henrico hit-and-run

Vigil held for 89-year-old woman killed in Henrico hit-and-run

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - Friday evening dozens of churchgoers attended A vigil for 89-year-old Rosa Brown who was hit and killed in Henrico on Dec. 27.

The vigil took place across the street from the sidewalk Brown was found on Bolling Road. A memorial now marks the place where Brown took her last breath.

“Sister Rose was such a special person,” said Pastor Sylvester Turner. Turner serves as the Pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Richmond where Brown was a member/

“In her ability to be special she was able to love and care for everybody,” said Turner.

The incident happened along East Laburnum Avenue and Bolling Road near the Mechanicsville Turnpike. Investigators are unsure when the incident occurred.

Brown’s family, friends, and fellow churchgoers attended the vigil with red and white balloons in Brown’s memory.

“Sister Rose was a solider," said a friend. ”She never complained, she was the only 89-year-old lady who I know who still wore heels."

Police found Brown, on the sidewalk around 9 a.m. after they were called to the scene. Officers said she lived nearby where she was found.

Brown’s step-sister Cora Shearn attended the funeral and says she would often call her on the phone and go on walks with her.

“We talked every day about three or four times, now every time the phone rings it hits me,” said Shearn. “When the phone rang I thought that was her, but it was the police and I lost it.”

Brown’s family says they are seeking closure and hope that someone will come forward to police with information on who struck the 89-year-old.

“I just hope that the driver feels sorry for what they did,” said Shearn. "All they had to do was make a phone call if they didn’t want to be known. Just make a phone call and let somebody know something had happened.”

“God gave Rose to us for all of our lives and we are all better for it,” said Turner.

The Vigil concluded with a candle-lighting ceremony followed by a balloon release.

Police continue to search for the driver. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 804-501-5000 or 804-780-1000.

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