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Police Continue to Investigate Prospect Avenue Homicide

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Pherbia Antoitte Tinsley, 51, was found shot to death Saturday morning on Prospect Avenue. Pherbia Antoitte Tinsley, 51, was found shot to death Saturday morning on Prospect Avenue.

New details are emerging in the Saturday death of 51-year old Pherbia Tinsley.  Investigators assisted with an autopsy Monday in Richmond and say Tinsley did not die of natural causes, police say she died after being shot by a gun.

As the search for a suspect continues, Tinsley's family wants answers.  We spoke with Tinsley's daughter Monday and she, like everyone else in the family, is absolutely devastated by her mother's death.

The pain is too difficult for Telambria Tinsley to put into words, realizing life is going to be very different without her mother, the woman she has always leaned on.

"She just always helped me," Telambria said.  "She helped me so much she was always there, when I had to go to school, when I had to go to work."

Pherbia was found shot to death in the 800 block of Prospect Avenue early Saturday morning.  Her daughter says they had just gone on vacation together, trying to do some mother-daughter bonding.

"We couldn't get her to go, but this time she went. We went to the beach, we've just been spending a lot of time together the last few weeks," Telambria said.

It's those moments that Telambria is trying to hang onto now, not realizing then the time with her mother would be short.

Telambria said, "And I didn't realize that was the plan for us to be together because I wouldn't see her anymore."

She remembers her mom as a person that would be quick to help others in need.  Telambria suspects that may have something to do with why she ended up on Prospect Avenue that night.

"All I know is I think she was being nice, trying to give somebody a ride and that's all I know," said Telambria.

The family is pleading for the person responsible to come forward.  As they look through the memories of good times, they are thankful for the past, but are still reminded of how they've been robbed of a future.

Telambria said, "She was the best grandmother ever. The best mom."

The family says they will start planning for the funeral Monday evening.
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