By Ryan Velez
WTVR reports that world-renowned hair stylist and business owner Karen Turner was shot and killed in a double shooting outside of a Richmond apartment complex. According to police, the 33-year old Turner died after shots were fired on Green Cove Drive outside the Blue Ridge Estates apartment complex. A second woman was wounded after two women were heard arguing in the parking lot.
A spokesperson for the Richmond Police made the following statement: "Officers responded and located the female with a gunshot wound to the leg, but also found a female nearby in a vehicle who was unresponsive with an apparent gunshot wound… She was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was transported to a local hospital with an injury that was not considered life threatening."
Sources say that the argument stemmed from Turner coming to the apartments armed to confront a woman who had been saying that Turner’s boyfriend was the father of her unborn child. The pregnant woman said she pulled the trigger in self-defense.
Police called the incident a "death investigation" and said the Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death. The death is currently being investigated as a homicide. "While all parties in this incident have been identified, no charges have yet been filed," officials said in a news release Friday.
While the legal system runs its course, friends, family, and contemporaries are left to remember the devoted mother and rising star in the styling industry. Family members note that Turner, who owned SewIns Express on Hull Street, had recently styled the hair of several hip-hop artists including Remy Ma and Cardi B, as well as the Love And Hip-Hop cast. Turner was in the process of expanding her business, and had garnered quite a presence for herself on social media.
“She was a boss lady," Turner's cousin, Olivia Robinson, said. "She just graduated from the University of Phoenix. She had her bachelor’s and she was thinking about getting her master’s degree. It was about elevating in life.” Robinson added that after two years of operation, Turner had just signed a deal to expand her business to North Carolina.
“She was traveling. She was becoming a world-renowned traveling stylist," Robinson said. "Also franchising SewIns Express." A candlelight vigil was held outside SewIns Express on Sunday, August 27th.