HENRICO, Va (WRIC) — More insight into the violent murders of two teenagers in Henrico County was revealed on Tuesday.

On the same day New York City Police arrested the suspected killer, the mother of one of the victims explained why her daughter died a hero.

On the same day New York City Police arrested the suspected killer, the mother of one of the victims explained why her daughter died a hero.

Saveeta Barnes says her daughter Vanessa Zaman died at the hands of her own father.

Abdool Zaman faces second-degree murder charges for her death along with the slaying of Leona Samlall. Both victims were only 18.

On the same day New York City Police arrested the suspected killer, the mother of one of the victims explained why her daughter died a hero.

On a GoFundMe page, Barnes explains that Zaman’s father was mostly out of his daughter’s life. However, she adds, “Vanessa always wanted his love and for him to be a part of her life. When she turned 18 she got in contact with her father. Even after telling her countless times that he was not a good person, she still went ahead and moved in with him.”

Barnes says Vanessa’s life took a tragic turn when she tried to protect Samlall. “Vanessa took Leona back to her mom in Virginia, not knowing that her father was following her,” maintains Barnes.

On the same day New York City Police arrested the suspected killer, the mother of one of the victims explained why her daughter died a hero.

It was outside of a Highland Springs apartment complex on Thursday that police say Zaman opened fire on both teens. One died at the scene. The other passed away at the hospital. 

The Medical Examiner’s Office has since ruled that both teens were shot in the head.

Five days later, New York City Police got a tip that helped them nab the suspected killer on a street in Queens.

WATCH: Medical Examiner says slain teens were shot in the head

“In this particular case, there was a sense of urgency,” explained Henrico County Police Chief Humberto Cardounel.

“This is truly senseless,” he added. “There’s just no rhyme or reason for the taking of two young lives.”

Chief Cardounel says his officers partnered early on with the FBI and U.S. Marshals to find Zaman.

At the same time, officers also stepped up security to protect the victims’ family. Police call what happened a targeted attack.

“There’s nothing that we could do to ease the pain or to bring these two young lives back, but what I’m hoping this will do is bring a little peace, a little bit of comfort in an otherwise chaotic situation,” added Chief Cardounel.

Zaman will have to be extradited back to Virginia where he faces two charges of second-degree murder.

The Florida man could see those charges upgraded.

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