88-year-old Richmond woman fatally mauled by dog
RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – An 88-year-old woman died after being attacked by a dog while walking through a Richmond neighborhood on Monday morning.
On Monday, November 7, at approximately 6:45 a.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of Alaska Drive to a report of a dog attack. When they arrived, they found Evangeline Brooks, 88, of Richmond, with life-threatening injuries.
She was taken to a local hospital and later died of her injuries.
Brooks is remembered for his dedication to service as a member of Southside Richmond First Baptist Church for 25 years.
“We have members who come and go, and then there are special members who mean a lot,” senior pastor Dwight Jones said.
His sudden death sent waves of grief through the family and the church community.
“She was a deacon, a choir member and a Sunday school teacher,” Jones said. She was also a teacher for Chesterfield County Public Schools for many years, according to family and friends.
“She is what we would say ‘the salt of the earth.’ He was a wonderful person,” Jones said.
A woman, he said, did not deserve to die a horrible death. Neighbor Roxie Ann Tune recalled the painful morning of the attack.
She tells us it happened about three doors down from where Brooks stayed with her son.
“She was lying here face down, and at that moment he had knocked things off her,” Tune said. “His shoes were sitting right here. She was actually here. And the lady that lives here had her around the neck.
Brooks had been out for her usual morning walk when she was mauled in her late sister’s driveway.
After the attack, the dog was taken into the custody of Richmond Animal Care and Control. The RACC confirms that the dog, which was a Pitbull mix, was immediately euthanized on Monday.
Brooks leaves behind an only son, Howvard.
“My mom was just amazing. She was phenomenal,” Howard Brooks said.
He now cherishes the precious times they shared together, like singing his favorite anthem, “Jesus on the Mainline.”
They all hope that the selfless life she lived will inspire others in the community.
“It’s a big loss. It’s a big loss for me, but I know I decided every day that I had to be the best I could be. It’s my responsibility,” Howvard said with tears in his eyes. .
The RPD is working with the RACC and the Commonwealth Prosecutor’s Office during this ongoing investigation.
Pastor Jones is calling on city and state leaders to do more to prevent such tragedies from happening to anyone else.
The RPD has yet to share details of the charges, which would bring a sense of closure to many who knew and loved Ms Brooks.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Major Crimes Detective Sergeant J. Flores at (804)-646-6670 or Crime Stoppers at (804)-780-1000.
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