Hundreds of people came out to a candlelight vigil for four people in fatal house fire
Police say Alexander Hill Jr. is a person of interest in the case
PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) -
The Petersburg community held a candlelight vigil Thursday night to remember the four family members that were found dead in a house fire last Saturday.
Three women, Pauline Wilkins, her daughter Vicki Chavis and granddaughter Missy Chavis as well as her 2-year-old great grandson, were killed, but they may not have died from the fire. Warrants show two victims suffered puncture wounds and a knife was found at the scene.
Police are still searching for person of interest Alexander Hill Jr. The US Marshal's Office released a new picture of Hill Thursday night.
Meanwhile, hundreds of friends, family and even strangers came out to pay their respects at the home where the four victims were found.
“We can't bring Pauline, we can't bring Vicki, we can't bring Missy, and we can't bring the baby back. But we can show them the love that we have for them and support them,” said Bruce Branch.
Petersburg community members came together in prayer and song to remember the four people found dead.
“Four generations were lost at one time. Four generations. We just come to show our support for the family and show that they still have someone there to support them so they continue to be strong,” said Lisa Watson, who volunteered to wash cars.
Earlier in the day, they collected donations for the family from people driving by. They also had food and a car wash.
"We're family. We may not be by blood but we have all grown up together. Everybody knew my grandmother as well as we know their grandparents. So we all are family,” said Tyquisha Chavis, a family member.
“If you don't have unity and love in a community, you don't have a community,” said Bruce Branch.
A message echoed in the vigil...
“We’re going to declare that we're going to leave as neighbors and a neighborhood. And not the hood,” said Charles Willis, who led the prayer vigil.
Petersburg police are offering a $5,000 reward for the capture of Alexander Hill Jr. Call crime solvers at 861-1212 anonymously with anything you know.