SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Someone may have tried to rob former Philadelphia police officer Virginia Hill, before she was killed Saturday, according to court documents.
A search warrant affidavit states Hill’s daughter called police around 5:30 a.m., saying several people were demanding that Hill tell them where the safe was located. A Suffolk dispatcher heard a gunshot and what sounded like Hill falling, the paperwork said. Hill’s daughter told police the suspects ran from the Collier Crescent home.
Suffolk police said Hill later died at a local hospital.
Police retrieved two safes from Hill’s home, along with cash, cell phones, laptops, and video systems, according to court documents.
Hill spent more than two decades with the Philadelphia Police Department, and was awarded for successfully solving several missing person cases, like that of Martin Michael Burkle. His family said they waited 25 years before Hill started working on the case and was able to match his identity to human remains.
Philadelphia Police Captain Lou Campione said some of Hill’s former police colleagues will attend her services, bringing a proclamation, bible, and bereavement card from the Fraternal Order of Police.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Hill family said:
The family of Virginia Hill warmly expresses their deep gratitude for all of the love and outpouring of affection that they have received from the countless neighbors and friends thus far. On Saturday, October 18, 2014, our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend was viciously taken from our family, she fell victim to the violence that she fought against for nearly 30 years as an Investigator for the Philadelphia Police Department. She was dedicated to bringing families closure who lost a loved one, and we only want the same.
At this time, our only wish is that her legacy as an advocate of the law is remembered in the hearts of all who knew her and that the quest to bring her perpetrators to justice is realized.
Hill’s daughter, April Beck-Miller, and Hill’s granddaughter, Jasmine Okon, also provided statements.
“My mother was a pillar of the community, and I am truly saddened by her passing,” Beck-Miller said. “I know that her legacy of helping others will continue to live on through everyone she touched. Please continue to keep us in your prayers and hope that we find justice soon. I would appreciate any help from the community in which my mother loved so much to bring those responsible to justice as soon as possible, to give our family closure.”
“My grandmother was always a constant support to my cousins and me,” Okon said. “She always showed us that sticking together as a family was important and we will continue to do that during this tragedy.”
Hill’s visitation is scheduled for Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at T.E. Cooke-Overton Funeral Home in Suffolk. Her Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Saturday at New Mt. Joy FFLM Church in Suffolk.
Police have not provided any information about suspects. If you know something about this case, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
Hill’s obituary can be found below:
Virginia Mae Hill began her esteemed life in Philadelphia, PA born to the late Charles and Lucille Jones on November 9, 1944. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in law Rashondra Hill and her granddaughter Sharaina Lucas.
She attended Arnold Elementary, Simon Gratz High School and The Berean Institute for cosmetology.
Virginia spent the majority of her career as a sworn officer of the Philadelphia Police Department, she served as a dedicated Transit Officer and Investigator from 1977 – 2002. Assigned to the Juvenile Aid Division in 1981, she investigated every type of juvenile crime but distinguished herself investigating reports of missing juveniles. She was the only officer responsible for investigating missing juveniles not located within 30 days. Her tireless work has led to establishing the identity of over 20 deceased juveniles who otherwise would have remained unknown. Due to her stellar reputation amongst investigators, she was a guest at several meetings of the crime solving VIDOCQ Society and was the first African American woman inducted into the society and has appeared on local television broadcasts. She was an active member of The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Philadelphia Chapter (NOBLE), NMPA, The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, The Guardian Civic League, Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Virginia’s many talents did not stop there, she was also a licensed cosmetology teacher in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia. She was recognized for her untiring work by receiving several awards especially The Donald Gravatt Award from her local NOBLE chapter, Officer of the Month by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and VIDOCQ Society Medal of Honor.
Virginia was dedicated to saving youth both secularly and personally, she was a dedicated mother, grandmother, great grandmother and foster parent and always dedicated her time and energy to her community in Philadelphia as well as her new found home in Suffolk Virginia. While in Suffolk she served as the Secretary of the local AARP, Secretary of the Civic League, The Walnut Hill Civic League and an active member of the East Suffolk Recreation Center.
As a faithful member of the Higher Ground COGIC she served on the Mother Board, Trustee Board and as the Secretary of the Sunday School.
As an active traveler she took frequent trips with her family on cruises and to New York, NY. You could always catch Virginia telling an interesting story, boasting about her grandchildren or showing you an array of pictures of celebrities she met while lending her talents to the mission of fighting for justice for missing and exploited children.
Virginia’s family was her pride and joy, always giving all that she could to support them in all of their endeavors. On October 18, 2014 Virginia’s family lost the cornerstone of their lives but they will continue to carry on her legacy for generations to come. She was married to George Hill Sr. on February 19, 1965 from that union she leaves to mourn her children: April Beck- Miller (Murray), George Hill, Jr., Kevin Hill (Elba). Adopted Daughter: Julina Hill. Grandchildren: Leslie Christopher, Tony, Christanique (Terrell), Jasmine Marie, Tara, Michael, Joshua, Brandy, Imalay, Cheyenne, Malachi, Miciah, Alayla. Great Grandchildren: Isaiah, Takiya, Terrell, Harper, Trevion, Emany, Dion, Isaiah, Michael. As well as a host of family, church members and friends who loved her dearly.