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Army veteran killed in Henrico ‘took care of everyone’

Amber Chambers

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A Henrico woman killed early Saturday morning on Gaskins Road in Henrico’s West End was identified by police as 29-year-old Amber Diane Chambers.

Chambers was an Army veteran — a paratrooper — who served with distinction in 173rd Airborne Brigade and held the rank of sergeant, according to military friends who considered her a mother-like figure among their group.

“She took care of everyone in the company,” friend Conor Heldenfels said. “She made sure you made it home from the bar, she kicked people out of your bed, she gave you the advice you needed, not what you wanted to hear.”

Police found Chambers Saturday, March 17, at approximately 1:35 a.m., when officers were called to Gaskins Road near Interstate 64 for what was described as a medical emergency.

Travis Harris (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

“Officers found a female laying in the roadway who was pronounced dead at the scene,” a Henrico Police spokesperson said. “Evidence at the scene indicated Chambers was walking on Gaskins Road when she was struck by a southbound vehicle that left the scene.”

Police later found a damaged vehicle at West End apartment complex on Camelot Circle, off Quioccasin Road.

It was the same color as the vehicle believed to have been driven by the driver who fatally struck Chambers.

After further investigation, police arrested 37-year-old Travis J. Harris.

He was charged with felony hit and run and driving on a suspended license.

This is a developing story.

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