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Brothers remember slain sister: 'She meant everything to us'

Posted at 1:41 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 13:54:47-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police identified the woman found killed in a car last week as 31-year-old Francesca Harris-Scarborough.

"At approximately 6:50 a.m. on Thursday, April 9, officers were called to the 3400 block of Blakey Street. When they arrived on scene, they found an adult female down inside of a vehicle suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene," a Richmond Police spokesperson said.

No additional details about the crime were released.

For J’ean Harris, his younger sister Francesca was like a princess to him.

“She meant everything to me. She meant everything to us,” said J’ean.

But now, he and his brother Austin Harris are having to cope with her loss after he was found shot to death on April 9.

“A part of us is gone. I feel like someone took part of my soul from me and my brother. It'll never be the same again,” he added.

J'ean added whomever was responsible for his sister's death took more than just her life, as his sister was around four months pregnant.

"She was so excited about her new baby and everything she talked about was that new life and that new opportunity," said J'ean. "So, whoever did this, they took her life away and they robbed us of our chance to have our sister and our niece or nephew."

Adding the grief is the COVID-19 pandemic preventing them from giving their beloved sister a proper goodbye.

“It's limited our ability to give her the funeral that we want to give her,” said J’ean.

The brothers says they’ll remember their sister as someone who was bright and articulate who loved to write and travel, including a family trip to Jamaica last summer.

The asked anyone that has information about their sister’s case and hasn’t come forward, to think about the pain their family is going through.

The brothers also had a message to the person that is responsible for her murder.

“You took a precious life from us. You took something special from us. And I don't know how you sleep at night,” said J’Sean.

“Turn yourself in. I mean, don't prolong it anymore,” Austin added.

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