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Lynchburg police have now located all 5 people wanted for questioning in connection with woman’s death

Two of the five were younger than 18 years old

28-year-old Samantha Robinson was “simply driving down 12th street when a bullet entered her vehicle” and hit her on Thursday, according to police. She was taken to Centra Lynchburg General Hospital (WSLS)

UPDATE - Feb. 23, 2021

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Lynchburg police announced Tuesday night that they have found all five people wanted for questioning in connection with last month’s homicide on 12th Street.

Authorities arrested two 19-year-old Lynchburg men on Tuesday.

Dia Montae Cedrik Taylor was arrested for a probation violation on firearms charges and Leondre Tymere Strange was arrested for obstruction of justice, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Those charges are unrelated to the Jan. 21 homicide of 28-year-old Samantha Robinson.

Police credit help from the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday’s arrest.


UPDATE - Friday 1/22 at 8 p.m.

Police in Lynchburg are looking for three men to question in connection with a woman’s recent death.

28-year-old Samantha Robinson was “simply driving down 12th street when a bullet entered her vehicle” and hit her on Thursday, according to police. She was taken to Centra Lynchburg General Hospital

Police in Lynchburg are looking for three men to question in connection with a woman’s recent death. From L to R, Najiee J'hode Turner, Dia Montae Cedrik Taylor, and Leondre Tymere Strange (not pictured). (WSLS)

Police are looking for:

  • Dia Montae Cedrik Taylor, 19, of Lynchburg, who also has an outstanding arrest warrant for a probation violation on firearms charges unrelated to this incident
  • Najiee J’hode Turner, 20, of Lynchburg
  • Leondre Tymere Strange, 19, of Lynchburg

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Crimestoppers at 888-798-5900. You can also enter a tip online.

“This senseless act of violence took a young woman from her family and our community way too soon,” Lynchburg Police Chief Ryan Zuidema said. “The women and men of the LPD are working tirelessly to bring the individual(s) responsible for Samantha’s tragic death to justice.”

Robinson’s mother described her as a “good, beautiful soul. Smiling, laughing all of the time and was the life of the party,” according to police

Police shared these photos of Robinson on Friday night:

28-year-old Samantha Robinson was “simply driving down 12th street when a bullet entered her vehicle” and hit her on Thursday, according to police. She was taken to Centra Lynchburg General Hospital (WSLS)

UPDATE

A 28-year-old woman is dead after a shooting in Lynchburg, according to the Lynchburg Police Department.

Officers said they responded to 12th and Kemper streets for a malicious wounding and found Samantha Robinson, 28, with a gunshot wound. She was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital and later died as a result of her injuries, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Davis at 434-455-6166.


ORIGINAL STORY

Lynchburg police are searching for the person who shot someone, sending that person to the hospital, on Thursday afternoon.

Authorities are investigating a shooting near 12th and Pierce streets they say happened shortly before 4:45 p.m.

One person was taken to Centra Lynchburg General Hospital to be treated for serious injuries, according to police.

Police have not released any description of a suspect.