Mother hopes you can help find a killer

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – A Hampton mother is looking for answers in her daughter’s murder investigation.

“You shouldn’t have to bury a daughter,” said Liz Vinston. “Nobody should have to bury their child.”

Vinston’s pain will never go away. Her daughter, Michelle Williams, was taken from her by the hands of a killer. Family member say the 29-year-old had a huge heart.

Hampton Police showed up at Vinston’s door on October 18, 2013 — just blocks away from Greenbrair Avenue where a woman’s body was found lying in a yard.

“It was pretty gruesome,” said Hampton Police Detective Steve Rodey. “It’s not right for anybody to get killed, especially a female.”

“They didn’t just want to shoot her, they wanted to destroy her,” Vinston said.

Liz and Ashley Vinston talk to WAVY's Jason Marks (WAVY/Drew Smith)
Liz and Ashley Vinston talk to WAVY’s Jason Marks (WAVY/Drew Smith)

Detective Rodey is working closely with the family to solve the case. He said Williams was shot several times in the chest right in front of a friend’s home.

“This is going to be a hard case [to solve] because the time of night it was and the fact that it was out in front of somebody’s front yard,” Rodey added. “There are a lot of houses, but not populated with a lot of people standing, walking around to have seen something.”

Police continue to track down every lead, but so far don’t have that one that will lead to a killer.

“They do know it,” said Williams’ sister, Ashley Vinston. “Whoever does know it needs to come out and speak up. Holding information like that is not just hurting themselves, it is hurting other people around them.”

“I’m stuck back there, I’m stuck. It’s like a part of me is gone and it’s not the same,” Liz Vinston said. “You never forget your child. I think about her everyday.”

Anyone with information that will assist police is encouraged to contact the Hampton Police Division at 757-727-6111 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Crime Line callers remain anonymous and never appear in court.

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