‘Justice must be served’: Family hopes for answers after loved one shot dead while riding in car in Nottoway County

‘Justice must be served’: Family hopes for answers after loved one shot dead while riding in car in Nottoway County

NOTTOWAY COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A community is mourning the loss of a young woman after she was shot and killed while driving last week.

According to Virginia State Police, the incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. Friday, July 5, on Route 460 in Nottoway County.

Police said a Kia sedan was traveling west on Highway 460 when a passenger in another car fired shots at it, striking a female passenger inside. She was later taken to hospital where she died from her injuries.

The suspect fled the scene, prompting police to open an investigation.

Friends and family members told 8News the passenger killed was 25-year-old Jaleah Crawley.

“When I got that call, it really took my breath away,” said Letitia Faulkner, who said Crawley was her niece. “I thought, ‘This is impossible.’ There was a point where I broke down and cried.”

Many described Crawley as a bright light in the community, a caring mother, a loyal friend and a devoted daughter. Faulkner described his niece as an angel.

“She was always so helpful and loving. Every time I saw her I would say, ‘Auntie, I missed you so much.’ You know, she would give me big hugs, kisses and always make sure to say ‘I love you’ before she left,” Faulkner said.

Friend and community member Jerren Carter said he couldn’t believe the news when he heard it.

“She had no enemies. So to hear that someone like her, that the whole community loves, you know…everybody had a positive interaction with her,” Carter said.

Faulkner said Crawley was in school with dreams of one day becoming a nurse. She added that she leaves behind a young son who was her whole world.

As police continue their investigation, his family hopes to get answers soon.

“What happened to him is not fair. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. But for someone to be so loving, so caring, so kind, and for this to happen to him, justice needs to be served,” Faulkner said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Virginia State Police at 804-750-8758.