After unimaginable loss, family spreads Mother's Day love: 'I thank God for this'

Posted at 8:51 PM, May 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 08:41:11-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A family made it their mission to spread joy this Mother's Day weekend after enduring an unimaginable loss last month in Richmond.

Thirty-one-year-old Francesca Harris-Scarborough, who relatives said was four months pregnant, was found shot to death in a car in the 3400 block of Blakey Street on April 9.

Members of the family gathered Saturday in hopes of surprising all of their mothers with a drive-by caravan.

"We think it was a great idea to do this since we all can't be together right now," Lexus Henry, Harris-Scarborough's cousin, said.

Aisha Derricott said the goal was to visit all nine of her aunts.

"Our hope is to bring some hope and love as we grieve the passing of Francesca," Derricott said.

One of the aunts was floored by the surprise.

"I feel so special, ya'll don't know. Thank ya'll so much," she said. "I have a loving family. We're very close-knit and we really do love each other. I thank God for this."

Derricott said it was a "very happy day." "It feels really good to see everybody," Derricott said. "All of my aunts really, really have enjoyed today."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Richmond Police Detective J. Larry at 804-646-5896 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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