Police await autopsy in death of Norfolk mother

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk Police said Monday they were waiting for a report from the medical examiner regarding the shooting death of 26-year-old Keshira Linnette.

Monday, for the second night this week, Linnette’s friends and family held a candlelight vigil to remember her at her home on B Avenue.

Linnette, who died in Norfolk Saturday afternoon, was found suffering from a gunshot wound to her upper body, according to police. She was rushed to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

“It’s a tragedy, I mean, you know, it’s a shame,” neighbor Cagey Burton said. Burton said he was at home across the street when it happened.

“All I saw was the ambulance pull up and the police was behind him, and they went in the house and brought her out, and took her to the hospital. A few minutes later, they were saying that she had passed,” Burton said.

On Sunday, a family member and several friends said they believed Linnette’s young son accidentally shot and killed her, but on Monday, a different relative said the family still did not know what happened.

Police have not confirmed how Linnette passed away. Detectives are still classifying the case as an undetermined death and are continuing to investigate it.

WAVY News asked police if they were searching for suspects, had found a weapon, or knew who was in the house at the time of Linnette’s death. Police could not release that information Monday.

“Well, nobody knows the real true story about what really happened,” neighbor Pat Sutton said. “Nobody does.”

What they do know is that their loved one is dead. Toriantae Evans stopped by Linnette’s home Monday to pay his respects.

“It feels like half of your heart is gone, when you know somebody … I’m just hurting for the family. I just send my prayers out to the family,” Evans said.

Photos: Keshira Linnette Vigil

Dozens of people were outside her home in the 800 block of B Avenue holding candles Sunday. She leaves behind three children, all under the age of 10. Friends and family tell 10 On Your Side Linnette loved her kids and would do anything for them.

A family member said Linnette’s children were staying with their grandmother and that the family was trying to raise funds for Linnette’s funeral.

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