Vanita Richardson and Truvenia Campbell found dead underneath Etowah Bridge

Say Their Names: Stepsisters Vanita Richardson & Truvenia Campbell Found Dead Under Georgia Bridge With Bags On Their Heads

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Sadly, it appears that we are once again in an ongoing news cycle where the murder of Black people is a regular occurrence.

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Two Georgia Sisters Found Dead Under A Bridge With Bags Over Their Heads – Written by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Georgia police are investigating the death of two sisters whose bodies were found under a bridge with bags covering their heads. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The bodies of 19-year-old #VanitaRichardson, and 30-year-old #TruveniaCampbell were discovered Wednesday morning by Georgia Department of Transportation workers. The workers found them under the Etowah Bridge new Rome in Floyd, County, near the south bank of the Etowah River, People reports. The story was first reported by Rome News-Tribune. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brian Johnston said the sisters were “apparently dropped over the bridge.” The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a release that their clothes were torn and there were shotgun shells found near their bodies. The release said they were located in an underpass at Loop 1 Etowah Bridge. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Investigators are now looking into the motive behind the women’s death and how long they had been left there. People reports that calls about their bodies came in around 11 a.m. The medical examiner has not released a cause of death, but the case has been categorized as a homicide. “She was like my sister,” said Campbell’s childhood friend Kayla Dodson to 11 Alive. “She was a loving, caring person. I’m just heartbroken.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dodson said the women’s family is devastated. “They’re really upset. It’s just a really hard time for them. Everybody is just sad. They’re just mulling over her death because [Campbell] was really well ….…to read the rest log on to (clickable link on profile)

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In the midst of the Ahmaud Arbery case, the Breonna Taylor case, the Sean Reed case, there was another Georgia homicide that was shocking, grisly, and reeks of lynchings of the past. According to WSB-TV, the bodies of 18-year-old Vanita Richardson and her 30-year-old stepsister Truvenia Campbell were found underneath the East Rome Bypass bridge last Wednesday with shredded clothes and bags over their heads. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) still has not released the women’s cause of death even after the autopsies were completed. Their deaths, however, are being ruled a homicide.

Although the police seem to be very tight-lipped with information, the details about the tattered clothes and bags over the women’s heads came from directly from the first-hand account of the maintenance workers who discovered Vanita and Truvenia’s bodies.

Vanita was a senior at Armuchee High School and was scheduled to graduate this past weekend. The school district released the following statement via Twitter.

At this moment, the state of Georgia is a powder keg that could potentially explode if we continue to get the news that more Black people are being killed under the flag of racism or that the police have incompetently handled a murder case involving a Black person. Wouldn’t surprise us at all if the GBI and Floyd County are suppressing info to keep that from happening.

In the words of the great M’Baku: We will not have it, oh! Having bags placed over their heads with clothes that have been ripped to shreds is a disturbing image and if we don’t get some answers soon there is going to be a problem.

Rest in peace Vanita Richardson and Truvenia Campbell.

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