Mom of 6’s mysterious death; Richmond neighborhood wants answers

RICHMOND, Va. -- There was definitely arguing behind closed doors, according to neighbors, but it is what they heard 25-year-old Barbara Brown scream on the cement stoop outside, that they found hard to forget.

"She was six inches from his face screaming, 'If you ever ‘kirk’ me out like that again in a store, I will cut your [expletive] off and [expletive],” neighbor Michael Bove said.

Bove said he told police about the heated argument between Brown and a man, just hours before Brown was found dead.

"That's the same. They don't have a mother now... whoever did it needs to fess up and get caught," said Bove.

Barbara Brown

Richmond Police are not releasing many details about what happened inside building 4228 apartment #1, more than a month ago, only confirming a death investigation.

Crime Insider sources said there were signs of strangulation, but an official cause of death hasn't been released.

Brown was a mother of six, with children ranging in age from nine months to nine years old, according to Brown's sister Dominique.

"The cops were all in front of my door,” neighbor Daniel Nibler said.

He said he has wondered where the investigation lead police.

"I know enough about police investigations that they are keeping tight lipped because this thing is ongoing."

Barbara Brown

Bove pointed out that as life off Old Brook continued to roll on, a cloud of mystery hovered next door.

Barbara's sister in Texas remains desperate for answers.

She said she had her sister’s body cremated and said their large family was left devastated.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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