This abominable story has quickly garnered viral social medial attention. Two black women were found dead Wednesday, appearing to have been dropped over a bridge, which is part of the East Rome Bypass, according to authorities. Vanita Richardson, 19 and Truvenia Clarece Campbell, 31 are half sisters identified by The Rome News-Tribune, found with bags over their heads. The Tribune also reported that shotgun shells were discovered nearby. A crew with the Georgia Department of Transportation discovered the bodies while they were carrying out maintenance on the bridge, according The U.S. Sun.
The cause of the women’s horrific deaths remain under investigation, according to the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigations). Richardson was due to graduate from Armuchee High School in Rome next Saturday. On Thursday, Floyd County Schools said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the news of the death of one of our students, Vanita Richardson who was scheduled to graduate next Saturday. ”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Vanita will be remembered for being a fun-loving, humble, and motivated student who was making strong plans for her future. Even throughout the school closures, Vanita’s passing is felt by all. In particular, the staff members whose lives she touched with her caring personality and big heart.”
According to People, the sister’s clothes were tattered when found. The sisters were found in an underpass at Loop 1 at Etowah Bridge, the GBI says in a release.
Police are investigating how this could have happened. The calls came into 911 around 11 am on Wednesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Rome is the largest city in Floyd County, Georgia.
The manner of death is determined to be homicide. The medical examiner has not stated the cause of death at this time, according to the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigations) in a press release.
The gruesome crimes left the sisters’ families in a living nightmare.
“She was like my sister,” Campbell’s childhood friend Kayla Dodson told 11 Alive. “She was a loving, caring person. I’m just heartbroken”.
When she received the tragic news, “I was all in tears,” Dodson said. “I couldn’t sleep hardly because me and her were really close”. The family is devastated, she says. “They’re really upset,” she says. “It’s just a really hard time for them”. “Everybody is just sad,” she says. “They’re just mulling over her death because she was really well known in Rome”.
The GBI says in it’s release, “If you were travelling in that area and saw anything suspicious between Tuesday @10:30 PM & Wednesday @ 11 AM, investigators need your help. Please contact the GBI at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477) with any information pertinent to the investigation”.