HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A rising senior at William & Mary was killed in a recent Henrico County shooting, which authorities are investigating as a homicide.

Zhykierra Guy died on Aug. 5 after being shot near her home in the Highland Springs area of Henrico County. Police responded around 1:45 a.m. and found her in the passenger’s seat of a car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

So far, authorities haven’t released any suspect information.

Neighbors said there’s no history of violence in the neighborhood and five residents told WFXR’s sister station, WRIC, that they didn’t hear gunshots or police sirens that night.

Guy was a government major at William & Mary who planned to graduate in May. She started her own online retail hair business called “Lavish Hair Zesty Girls” and danced while at school, Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler said in a statement.

Her mother said “she was dedicated to giving all her love to family and friends. Her energy and soul touched many students there, and we are grateful as parents for the time she was given to us on earth.”

Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 15 at Guy’s church in Vernon Hill and the William & Mary community was invited to attend.

Flowers & cards can be sent to:

Jefferson Funeral Home 
2000 N Main St. 
South Boston, VA 24592

William & Mary students who may need support are encouraged to reach out to the Dean of Students Office (757-221-2510) or the Counseling Center (757-221-3620).