Police identify victim, suspect in deadly Northwest Roanoke shooting

Suspect charged with second-degree murder

Keandra Smith, 29, was charged with second-degree murder in a fatal Roanoke shooting (Credit: Roanoke Police Department) (WSLS)


Authorities have identified the victim in a deadly shooting in Roanoke on Friday morning.

Police identified the victim as 40-year-old Grover Edwards III of Roanoke. Keandra Smith, 29, of Roanoke has been charged with the second-degree murder of Edwards.

Authorities said this remains an ongoing investigation.


The Roanoke Police Department is investigating after a man was shot and killed on Williamson Road Friday morning.

At about 11:30 a.m., Roanoke Police were called to the 3800 block of Williamson Road NW near the Williamson Road Library for the report of a man who had been shot.

Officers arrived to find a man with what appeared to be critical injuries. Unfortunately, he did not make it, according to authorities. The man’s identity will be released after next-of-kin is properly notified.

Police tell us a suspect was detained near the incident and the person was transported to the Roanoke Police Department for an interview with detectives.

At this time, no charges have been filed regarding this offense. No additional suspects are being sought and this appears to be an isolated incident between the two involved.

Police say there is no ongoing threat to the area regarding this incident. This is an ongoing homicide investigation.

While nearby schools were placed on hold and secure out of an abundance of caution, they were not directly affected and there was no direct threat to those schools, according to investigators.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 540-344-8500 and share what you know. You can also text the department at 274637; please begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.

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Jazmine Otey joined the 10 News team in February 2021.