Family, friends hold vigil for 18-year-old killed in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY)  Norfolk police are working to figure out who shot and killed 18-year-old Tyquisha Craig. Craig was shot early Sunday morning after a fight outside a home on St. Julian Avenue in Norfolk. A 16-year-old girl was also shot, but she’s expected to be ok.

For the first time Craig’s family spoke to 10 On Your Side about their loss at a candlelight vigil in Craig’s honor. Dozens of family and friends gathered in a field on the 7100 block of Sewells Point Road to celebrate her life.

“There are many people here that loved her and she is loved by her family,” said Craig’s aunt Yolanda Wiggins.

Craig’s mother was too heartbroken to speak on camera, but says she found comfort in all the people who showed up to show their support and love for her daughter. People who spoke of Craig at the vigil lit up when they remembered her smile and flair for hair and style.

“Tyquisha was smart, fun to be around, unique, and a fashionista too,” said Wiggins. “We looked to Tyquisha for our fashion tips.”

Family members say Craig graduated from Norview High school and was studying at Tidewater Community College.
One day Craig hoped to pursue a career in law enforcement working homicide or for the FBI.

“Tyquisha was a loving caring person,” said Craig’s cousin Keke Wiggins. “She was always there when someone needed her, she was smart in school. Everybody loved her. She loved to joke around.”

Her family and friends are now praying whoever shot and killed her will be brought to justice.

“This is nothing we expected,” said Yolanda Wiggins. “Tyquisha is the last person that anybody would have thought to be in something like this so you know it had to be random. We just hope that those responsible are brought to justice.”

Craig’s shooting was one of five shooting incidents Norfolk Police investigated over the weekend. Police say they have no suspects or motive in any of them.

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