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Woman dies after shooting on Cavalier Blvd. in Portsmouth

When police arrived they found a 27-year-old woman who had died at the scene.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Police in Portsmouth are investigating a shooting that left a woman dead Thursday morning.

A tweet from the department said that they got a call at 12:41 a.m. to respond to a home on the 1600 block of Cavalier Boulevard. That's also near Warfield Drive. 

When they arrived, they found that 27-year-old Kenyona Neshay Bailey had been shot. She died at the scene.

Police said this is an active homicide investigation, but there is no word at this time on any possible suspects.

If you know anything that can help police, contact the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or submit an anonymous online tip by clicking here.

“Here we are again," said Freddie Taylor Sr., the Stop the Violence 757 President. 

"A family is mourning. Someone’s life has been lost, and the community is having to deal with the traumatic fallout of this.”

He said the constant violence across the city feels like a wound that never heals.

“It’s a never-ending battle," he said.

 "It just shows that it’s going to take more to get it done, but as we come together collectively as a whole, it can get done.”

This comes as organization leaders are putting together an annual gun violence awareness weekend at Cavalier Manor, which is just a mile from today's shooting.

Free Community Event. Sign them teams up and only taking a few teams this year.

Posted by Stoptheviolence757 on Monday, May 9, 2022

“We bring awareness, but we also want to begin to develop and push the initiatives to begin to take these guns off the street and make it safe for our children,” Taylor said.

In situations like this, Taylor encourages community members to take action.

“Take this as a call to begin to get out to the civic meetings, to the city council meetings to begin to familiarize yourself with what’s going on,” he said.

Taylor said Stop The Violence 757, the Portsmouth Police Department and other grassroots organizations are working to implement Project Safe Neighborhoods. It’s a nationwide initiative through the Department of Justice to bring city and community members to the table to address violent crime.


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