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Mother’s Day I-95 double murder weighs on parents: 'There's no justice'

Sharayne Holland and Tanna Gardner
Posted at 11:05 PM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 23:23:21-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Ron Holland makes a trip to the cemetery every year on May 10 to see his daughter Sharayne.

But Sharayne Holland's mother, Deborah, still cannot bear to visit her daughter's final resting place.

"It's just too much to bear to stand over the top of my beautiful daughter and talking down to a ground," Deborah Holland said. "She meant so much more to me than dirt."

Holland and her friend, Tanna Gardner, were shot and killed while driving on Interstate 95 in downtown Richmond.

They were with a group of friends celebrating Gardner's graduation from Virginia Union University.

"He killed two innocent women on the state highway," Deborah Holland said. "Nine hours after that child, Tanna Gardner graduated, she was murdered. Murdered by some idiots."

Police know an altercation between two groups near main street station came before the shooting.

Minutes later, a white sedan pulled up next to Gardner's car and opened fire.

"This child didn't go out here in the streets," Deborah Holland said. "She was about education and family."

Sharayne Holland and Tanna Gardner
Sharayne Holland and Tanna Gardner

Those responsible for the shooting are still at large.

Virginia State Police and the FBI said the investigation into the killings remains active.

"I'm sure people do know what happened and the persons that did this," Ron Holland said. "We just need people to come forward."

Holland left behind two young children and her fiancee, who was also shot that night.

"You don't want to break down crying with each other, because you're trying to give each other strength," Deborah Holland said.

The Holland family continues to seek justice as another Mother's Day passes.

"There's no justice that will bring our beautiful daughter back here on earth," Deborah Holland said. "So we don't mind waiting, because we're going to wait a lifetime to be able to see our daughter again."

A $50,000 reward remains active for information leading to Gardner and Holland's shooter.