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A Virginia newspaper reporter was considered one of two individuals killed throughout a taking pictures early Saturday outdoors a restaurant and bar, authorities stated.
“Saturday would have been Sierra Jenkins’ turn to cover the breaking news shift for The Virginian-Pilot,” the newspaper reported. “When an editor learned early Saturday that several people had been shot in downtown Norfolk, he called Jenkins repeatedly to ask her to cover it. But she couldn’t be reached.”
Jenkins, 25, who coated schooling for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, died at Sentara Norfolk Basic Hospital after the taking pictures outdoors Chicho’s Pizza Backstage, in accordance with officers.
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Norfolk police detectives had been investigating the taking pictures, which additionally resulted in accidents to 3 others. Jenkins was caught within the crossfire as she was leaving the bar, restaurant supervisor Rory Schindel advised the newspaper. No arrests had been introduced as of Saturday afternoon.
Jenkins grew up in Norfolk and graduated from Georgia State College. She labored as an intern at Atlanta Journal and CNN earlier than becoming a member of The Pilot in December 2020.
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“Sierra was a bright and talented woman with so much going for her. Her passion for journalism was undeniable and our community is better because of her reporting,” stated Kris Worrell, editor-in-chief of Virginia Media, which operates The Virginian-Pilot and several other different newspapers. “Sierra was funny and energetic and full of enthusiasm. We are absolutely heartbroken.”
Schindel stated bartenders had introduced final name for drinks and turned up the lights at about 1:30 a.m. An argument started outdoors as individuals began to depart, and pictures rang out quickly afterward, the newspaper reported.
The opposite deceased sufferer has been recognized as 25-year-old Devon M. Harris of Portsmouth.
The Related Press contributed to this report.