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Virginia Beach police investigate killing near Lake Murray

Officers said they received a call for a welfare check at a home on Shelby Lane on Thanksgiving Day. When they got there, they found a woman dead.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Police tape blocked off part a of a neighborhood by Lake Murray Thanksgiving afternoon as officers investigated a killing that took place in a home there.

Master Police Officer Linda Kuehn said that police received a call for a welfare check at a house in the 6300 block of Shelby Lane.

When officers go to the home, they found a woman dead inside it.

Kuehn said investigators believe the murder was domestic in nature and that police had someone in custody.

Ellen Gehring used to live in the neighborhood. This Thanksgiving, she came to visit her mom with her husband Zach.

"We're shocked by all the trucks," Gehring said. "It's just tragic. 

Neighbors said a woman and her son live at the home and that they saw police there on Tuesday.

They also said there was a dog in the house, and that they're worried something happened to the dog. Animal Control was at the home late Thursday.

Police have not said if the person they have in custody is someone who lives at the home, or what the relationship between the woman and that person is.

"Would never think something like this would happen so very shocked," Gehring said.

Credit: Heather Kim, 13News Now
Virginia Beach police said they received a call for a welfare check at a home on Shelby Lane near Lake Murray on Nov. 26, 2020. When they got there, they found a woman dead.