4 months, no arrests in case of slain nursing assistant


Thursday marks four months since Salonya Evans was killed outside her home on Morehead Avenue Southeast in Roanoke.

The 24-year-old worked as a certified nursing assisting at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. No arrests have been made in the case.

“Four months ago, it seems like still yesterday. It still seems surreal. It’s unimaginable. Every day it’s still a struggle to believe that she’s no longer with us,” says Bishop Jamaal Jackson, the pastor of ReFreshing Church.

Jackson is a friend of Salonya’s family. He also knew Salonya well.

“Sweet, innocent, caring, loving, full of life. Full of joy. Salonya was just the kind of person that everybody needed a Salonya in their life. She was just that kind of person,” says Jackson.

Now, many are searching for answers of what exactly happened to Salonya in the early morning hours of July 21st. Search warrants have revealed that suspects may have forced entry into the back of Salonya’s home, before chasing her outside where she was shot and killed.

“The question is who is the suspect and what are you doing to go get them?” says Jackson.

Police say the case remains an ongoing investigation.

“A young life, 24 years old, being taken away from us demands answers. What’s going on? At least an update. What’s going on with the case? How close are we to solving it? How close are we to an arrest being made? Not just her case, but other cases around the city as well,” says Jackson.

According to a spokesperson with the Roanoke Police Department, the investigation continues but the department is unable to provide any updates at this time.

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