Family of woman killed in Portsmouth speaks out

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Monday, the family of a woman shot and killed over the weekend in Portsmouth sat down with 10 On Your Side.

Linda Lassiter, 48, of Portsmouth was found shot to death inside a car on Loren Crescent late Saturday night. Police say another man, who family identify as her boyfriend Wayne Davis, was also dead. The car then crashed into a mailbox.

That’s when police responded.

The family’s emotion was still very raw Monday. Speaking through tears, Lassiter’s daughter Brooke Lassiter had this message for the person responsible: “Please turn yourself in. You hurt so many people. You took my mom,” she said.

Brooke Lassiter says her mother was supposed to babysit her children Saturday night.

“She was supposed to babysit. I dropped the kids off at home. My brother said she went to the store, and never came back.”

Her grandfather, Horace Lassiter, says he woke up around 5 o’clock Sunday morning when two detectives knocked on his door.

“There was two of them and they showed us a picture of Linda on the cell phone. At first it didn’t look like Linda she was so distraught and you know – I looked again and I said ‘that was my baby’. And my wife couldn’t believe it. And I just lost it. And I haven’t been right since,” he said.

Both Horace and Brooke says that neither Linda, nor her boyfriend Wayne Davis, were mixed up in any sort of trouble. They can’t wrap their heads around what led up to the shooting. Police have provided few details.

“I just can’t imagine what or who could have hated him or disliked them that much to do something like this. I just can’t get my hands on it,” Horace Lassiter said.

Brooke is also asking for the public’s help in covering funeral costs for Linda. If you’d like to contribute, you can find information here: https://www.gofundme.com/lassiterhelp.

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