Former Godwin student shot, killed during dispute at Richmond gas station

Posted at 4:54 PM, Mar 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-17 15:12:14-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police identified the 19-year-old woman fatally shot at a Richmond gas station over the weekend during a dispute as Pamela-Ann Knyazher, of Burnside Lane in Western Henrico. Knyazher was a graduate of Godwin High School. Her death was the third homicide of 2015 for the city, according to Richmond Police.

"Pam was cool with everybody," former high school boyfriend Ricky Lewis recalled. "In my eyes, she was extremely outgoing."

Pamela-Ann Knyazher

Pamela-Ann Knyazher

Lewis said news about Knyazher's death was still spreading among their high school friends and he was at a loss for words about the situation. He said he was in disbelief upon hearing the news himself and felt sorry for her family.

Ricky Lewis talks to Tracy Sears about the loss of his friend

Ricky Lewis talks to Tracy Sears about the loss of his friend

Richmond Police responded to an emergency call and found Knyazher's body in the parking lot at the Exxon along the 6100 block of Jahnke Road in South Richmond Saturday evening. She was transported to Chippenham Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to a witness. She died Sunday morning, according to police.


An employee at a nearby business said he heard the gunfire and he saw a man holding a gun jump into a black mini-van and drive away. Police offered more of a description of the suspect Sunday in the hope someone saw something that could help the investigation.

“The suspect is described as a thin, young, dark-skinned black male wearing a white tee-shirt,” Richmond Police spokesman Gene Lepley wrote in an email. “He fled the scene in a dark-colored vehicle.”

Detectives have received valuable information from several eyewitnesses. They ask anyone with information to call Major Crimes Detective Conrad Simms at (804) 646-0712 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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