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Sister mourns woman killed in SE Roanoke

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 9:58 AM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - ”He was like, no, baby, it’s your sister and I screamed and screamed. ‘Cause I could hear his voice breaking and I knew then.”

Monday morning, Raina Hutton received a call from her father that no family member ever wants to receive.

“I didn’t believe it, I was in denial. I was sitting there like, they’re playing a joke on me.”

Wednesday, Roanoke Police identified a woman found dead on Yellow Mountain Road in Roanoke early Monday morning. The victim was identified as Brooks Mullen, 23, of Roanoke.

Mullen was 19-year-old Raina Hutton’s sister.

“Anytime she walked into a room, she would light it up with just a smile.”

The family has seen an outpouring of support, clearly visible by hitting their GoFundMe goal for Brooks’ funeral in just one day.

“I was just baffled that her friends from over the years, different schools, different states, are just coming out of the woodworks donating. We all just appreciate it a lot.”

The family now hopes for answers and that the person responsible is brought to justice. But can find some peace in knowing they will always keep Brooks’ memory alive.

“Brooks’ favorite color was purple, I keep catching myself looking at the sunset. The night that she passed, we were in the car after I’d gotten her dogs. The sky was just, I knew, I knew she had done that, I knew she did.”

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This remains an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (540) 344-8500. You can also text 274637; begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Calls and texts can remain anonymous.

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