HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton police, city agencies, and volunteers held a walk Wednesday morning to reach out to neighbors living near the scene of a homicide.
Police said they found 55-year-old Tanya Dollene Fox shot at the intersection of Shell Road and Gary Lane Tuesday morning. Fox died at the scene.
Wednesday’s walk was the official launch of the R.E.S.E.T. team, which stands for “Rapid Engagement of Support in the Event of Trauma.”
The Hampton Police Division, Victim Services Unit, and Youth Violence Prevention Office teamed up with volunteers who live in Hampton.
They went door-to-door handing out packets of information to help neighbors affected by the crime and offer services available to them.
Police said the goal of the walk is not to get information about the recent homicide, but to provide help to those who might be traumatized in the neighborhood.
Alison Benton, of Hampton, said, “This is where I grew up and we want to be available to give some really valuable information to the residents…I was affected by a shooting off of Shell Road a few years ago, where two babies were shot, and it was in my neighborhood and ever since then, it was something activated in me to be a positive influence on the neighborhood.”
According to police, since January 2015, there have been eight reports of shootings on Shell Road. Eleven days ago, there was a deadly shooting just four blocks away from where Fox was killed.
“We have a gun crime task force that we have initiated. It’s a set of officers that target our hot spot areas, and this is one of the areas that they’re focused on,” said Lt. Jason Price with the Hampton Police Division.
Synethia White, the city’s Youth Violence Prevention Program Manager, said many of the volunteers do not live in the affected neighborhood, but feel strongly that Hampton is their home community and want to support others.
“I think that sometimes people think that what they can do to contribute and improve a situation has to be grand. We want people to know that the small things do make a difference,” she said.
If you’re interested in joining the R.E.S.E.T. team, call (757)727–8311.