Krissia Henderson-Burrus: 20-Year-Old College Student Shot Dead In Richmond
Krissia Henderson-Burrus, 20, was a college student known for having a big heart and inviting smile. The former cheerleader's family is asking the public to help them as they try to find the person who killed her.
Krissia was shot and killed on the Southside of Richmond, Virginia on Saturday, August 25, 2018 just before 9 p.m. Witnesses told law enforcement that a driver pulled up to a car driven by Krissia and opened fire.
Officers responding to a single-vehicle crash found two adults inside a car that had hit a utility pole, according to local media reports.
“Upon arrival they located a vehicle that had crashed into a utility pole and two adult victims suffering from gunshot wounds,” police were quoted as saying.
"I get the call and he's crying and he said, ‘Krissia's been shot,’" Kristy Clay, the victim's mother, told WTVR. "I can't get her life back. It’s gone – and it's gone from a senseless act."
"Anybody that knew her loved her," Clay told the TV station in reference to her daughter. "Giving heart -- she was so generous."
The passenger, 23-year-old Javon Manuel, is expected to survive after being admitted to the hospital. His brother, 18-year-old Jaleel Yates, was shot to death in March in South Richmond.
While there is speculation that the shootings are related, police have not confirmed that.
Javon and Krissia were out celebrating his 23rd birthday when the shooting occurred.
“I don’t know what they are trying to prove or whatever. But it’s senseless, here, you have this innocent girl who just lost her life, for what?” the boy's mother, Jendaihi Coles, told WTVR.
She said Burris and her son were out celebrating his 23rd birthday when then turned into Southside Plaza.
“As they pulled into the plaza. That’s when the boys pulled up and started shooting at them," said Coles.
If you have information that could help detectives, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit a tip online at http://www.7801000.com.