CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A grieving mother from Chesterfield vows to honor her daughter, who was fatally shot at a stoplight in late August, by sharing her story and pushing an initiative to end gun violence in the community.
Krissia Henderson-Burrus, 20, was found shot in her car in a McDonald’s parking lot on Hull Street on Aug. 25. She died the next morning at the hospital.
Burrus’ mother, Kristy Burrus-Clay, spoke with 8News about the loss of her daughter and the status of the investigation.
Burrus-Clay told 8News that the police have yet to make any arrests in connection to her daughter’s shooting but she is not losing hope. During difficult times, Burrus-Clay finds comfort in a book filled with Henderson-Burrus’ photos.
The book has inspirational messages on each page, all written by loved ones and people who cared for Henderson-Burrus.
“People that really cared about her just to write so I can look back,” Burrus-Clay said as she flips through the pictures of her daughter.
Burrus-Clay and her husband, Kelvin, remember their daughter as a vibrant young woman who was majoring in criminal justice at Virginia Union University.
“Energetic, always helping someone,” she says as she remembers her daughter. Krissia Henderson-Burrus also enjoyed cheerleading.
“Since she was about five,” her mother told 8News, “she started with gymnastics and then moved on to a performance and stunt competition squad.”
Burrus-Clay said her daughter was out with a friend on the night of her murder. She told 8News that her daughter and her friend were stopped at a light on Hull Street, near Southside Plaza, when another car pulled up beside them.
“So, he screamed to my daughter, ‘pull off, pull off, pull off,'” said Burrus-Clay. “And shots started being fired.”
Burrus-Clay said Henderson-Burrus was shot in the side and in the head before crashing her car in the McDonald’s parking lot.
“It stopped, my heart stopped,” Burrus-Clay said about her reaction to the news. Burrus-Clay and her husband raced to the hospital, hoping for the best.
“I’m praying, ‘just fight Krissia, just fight,'” she said.
But by the time they arrived, their daughter had already passed away.
Burrus-Clay now honors her daughter by fighting to end gun violence in the community.
“My story is to try to make my daughter’s death mean something,” said Burrus-Clay. “To prevent the next mother from walking in my shoes.”
There will be a memorial to honor Krissia Henderson-Burrus at Virginia Union on Thursday. Henderson-Burrus’ family urge anyone with information to please call Crime Stoppers.