WATCH: FBI offering $10K reward for info about January homicide of Samantha Robinson in Lynchburg

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UPDATE 10:39 a.m.: Almost nine months after the fatal shooting of Samantha Robinson in Lynchburg, the FBI’s Richmond Field Office is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this young mother’s death.

According to officials, the FBI Richmond South Piedmont Violent Gang Task Force and the Lynchburg Police Department are working together to investigate the homicide.

Authorities say Lynchburg officers responded to a shots fired call on Jan. 21 along 12th Street near Pierce. When police arrived at the scene, they found Robinson behind the wheel of her white Hyundai sedan with a gunshot wound. She later died at the hospital from her injuries.

The FBI says witnesses in the vehicle reportedly heard what sounded like a rock hitting the sedan as they passed the C&C Mini Mart on 12th Street.

If you have any information that may help investigators — no matter how small — you are asked to contact the FBI by visiting tips.fbi.gov or calling 804-261-1044.


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Back in January, a Lynchburg woman died after she was hit by a stray bullet while driving along 12th Street. Nearly nine months later, the Lynchburg Police Department and the FBI are joining forces to solve her homicide.

According to the Lynchburg Police Department, officers responded to 12th and Kemper Streets for a report of a malicious wounding just before 4:45 p.m. on Jan. 21. When police arrived at the scene, they found a woman with a gunshot wound.

Officials say the woman was driving down 12th Street when a bullet entered her vehicle, hitting her in the side.

However, the department says the woman — identified as 28-year-old Samantha Robinson of Lynchburg — later died from her injuries at Lynchburg General Hospital.

On Jan. 22, authorities announced they were looking for three young men to question in connection with Robinson’s death, including Dia Montae Cedrik Taylor and Leondre Tymere Strange, both 19-years-old at the time of the shooting.

Just over a month later, police reportedly tracked down all five individuals — two of whom were minors — who were wanted for questioning in Robinson’s homicide investigation, including Taylor and Strange.

The department announced that Taylor and Strange were arrested on outstanding warrants unrelated to the January shooting.

A spokesperson for the department told WFXR News that Taylor was arrested for a probation violation on firearms charges while Strange was arrested for obstruction of justice, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

As of this writing, there are no reports of anyone being charged in connection with Robinson’s death.

However, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, members of the Lynchburg Police Department and the FBI will hold a briefing to provide updates on the homicide investigation, as well as discuss the additional resources from the FBI.

You can watch this news conference live here at WFXRtv.com, on the WFXR News Facebook page, or on the WFXR News app.

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