I-95 killer remains on the run; family says incident started at club

I-95 killer remains on the run; family says incident started at club
Devonte Taylor and Sharayne Holland
Tanna D. Gardner (Source: LinkedIn)
Tanna D. Gardner (Source: LinkedIn)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The person who shot and killed two women on northbound I-95 in Richmond on Sunday morning remains on the run.

Virginia State Police officers say just after 3:30 a.m. Sunday near the I-64/I-95 interchange at mile marker 75, multiple shots were fired from a white, four-door sedan at a red 2017 Nissan Altima that was traveling north.

Police say the driver of the Altima -- 23-year-old Tanna D. Gardner of Richmond -- died at the scene. One of the passengers -- 26-year-old Sharayne Danielle Nichole Holland -- was transported to VCU Medical Center where she later died.

A male passenger from Woodbridge -- who family members say is Devonte Taylor -- was transported to the hospital with serious life-threatening injuries.

"They loved each other and they were looking forward to a long life together" says Nathan Johnson, Taylor's uncle.

Also left behind are Holland and Taylor's children, a 22-month-old girl with down syndrome and a 11-month-old boy.

"Now you got two young kids growing up without their mother and possibly their father," says Nathan Johnson. "All because of a fight at a graduation party.  It's just ridiculous."

Four other passengers in the Altima were not injured.

Family members say the shooting stemmed from an incident at a club earlier in the night. They say there was an altercation after somebody tried to run Taylor over. The family says there was a fight between the two groups and that those killed in the shooting were trying to get away when the white vehicle followed them onto I-95.

"It's a great loss for her family, for one thing, and again it's a great loss for the community," says Elizabeth Charity, the CEO of Youth Corporation, Inc.

She says Gardner was the group's treasurer which works to reduce the school-to-prison pipeline. Gardner had just graduated from Virginia Union University that day and was an accounting major. Charity says Gardner wanted to mentor young people in jail and teach them about finances.

"She wanted to bring about some changes, not only in her family but also within the community," said Charity.

"The entire Virginia Union University Family is saddened by the untimely deaths that occurred early Sunday Morning on I-95,"  said acting VUU President Joseph F. Johnson. "... Our prayers go out to all the families during this time of sadness and grief."

The plea from these loved ones is simple: "Speak up!" said Nathan Johnson. "It's not worth taking someone's life."

If you know anything about the shooting, call Virginia State Police at (804) 553-3445 or #77 on a cell phone.

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