May 21, 2022

Family of firefighter killed in Richmond release statement, bible verse: “Keep us in your thoughts and prayers”

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The family of Richmond Fire Lieutenant Ashley Nicole Berry released a statement Saturday morning thanking the Richmond Firefighters for their support as they mourn Berry’s death.

The family of Lt. Ashley Nicole Berry would like to thank everyone who showed love and support during this very difficult time. Thank you for continuing to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. The family are very grateful to the first responders in the City of Hopewell, John Randolph Medical Center, VCU Medical Center for responding to this unfortunate and tragic situation. We are also eternally grateful to the City of Richmond Fire and Emergency Department for their continued love and support during this difficult time. “

Family of Lieutenant Ashley Nicole Berry

Lieutenant Berry’s family said the 33-year-old lived according to the scriptures in Matthew 17: 20-21.

20) Then Jesus said to them: “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I tell you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard, you will say to this mountain: “Go from here to there”, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. 21) However, this genre only comes out through prayer and fasting.

Matthew 17: 20-21.

Lt. Ashley Berry died after being shot in Hopewell on Thanksgiving Day.

Officers were called to the 1000 block of Sunnyside Avenue at around 11:40 p.m. When crews arrived at the scene, they found Ashley Berry, 33, seriously injured, police said.

Berry was taken to John Randolph Medical Center and then to VCU Medical Center for treatment. She was later pronounced dead in hospital.

8News spoke to the Combined Siblings Firefighters Union on Friday, which is part of the International Black Firefighters Association, they said they were grateful to have known Lt. Berry.

“It doesn’t make any better that it is the holidays, the time to be grateful for what you have,” said William Spindle. “I am personally grateful to have had the chance to have met her and to work alongside her”

A homicide investigation is underway.

Anyone with information to come forward and speak to Detective Mark Polumbo of the Hopewell Criminal Investigation Unit. He can be reached at (804) 541-2284.