Person of interest left note for relative about shooting

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Court documents reveal the person of interest in a Portsmouth homicide case left a handwritten note for a family member.

Police responded to Gateway Drive on Dec. 1 after getting a call that they needed to check on a woman’s welfare.

Investigators have said they found 26-year-old Monique Landis in a third level apartment. Before they identified Landis, police had already released 52-year-old Darryl Faine as a person of interest in the case. Faine lives in Portsmouth and had not been seen or heard from.

An affidavit for search warrant reveals Landis had been shot in the head and a gun was lying near her body when she was discovered.

The search warrant says investigators took a gun, ammo, tooth brush, clothing, a hard drive, and more from the apartment. Sources have told WAVY.com Faine lived in the apartment.

The court documents also reveal a relative was cleaning out Faine’s car on Dec. 1. They found a handwritten note from him in the vehicle. The family member tells WAVY.com the note said a woman was dead at the exact address on Gateway Drive.

Faine said it was an accident and, according to the documents, that she, “put a firearm to her head and it went off.”

The note asked the relative to tell police about the victim. The family member says the note made no mention of Landis’ name, and they did not know her.

According to the affidavit, Faine called that relative on Saturday Nov. 28, two days before the note was found, and said he needed money.

Family members the WAVY.com has spoken to have said they don’t know any information about the investigation. They have created a GoFundMe page to help the victim’s mother pay for the funeral.

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