Detectives investigating after 17-year-old girl found dead at Portsmouth cemetery 

Posted at 4:57 PM, Jul 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 16:18:08-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department's Major Crimes Unit are investigating a shooting incident that happened Saturday.

Around 9:26 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call of a gunshot wound in the 3300 block of High Street at the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Officers arriving on scene found a 17-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the upper body. The teen was pronounced dead, and at this time, the investigation is ongoing.

Neighbors who live nearby say they never heard a gunshot.

Police say they don’t believe the crime was committed at the cemetery and say they’re looking into the possibility that the body was moved from a different location.

The teen's killing has community leaders calling on people to come forward and use their voice to be proactive in protecting the city from violent criminals.

Related: Hampton Police arrest suspect after 17-year-old killed in Hampton 7-Eleven shooting

"It’s time to take your community back. It’s time to throw out the 'no snitching' code out the window. This is someone’s daughter; this is someone’s son. Every other week in Portsmouth we are being told about someone losing their life, especially to gun violence; it is unacceptable," says activist Barry Randall.

If you have any information about this or any crime in the City of Portsmouth, investigators urge you to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).

Download the News 3 app for updates.