Police identify woman killed in WV capital


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Police have released the name of a woman who was shot to death over the weekend.

The Charleston Police Department identified the victim as 18-year-old Laurina Blake. Authorities found Blake on Lovell Drive in Charleston with multiple gunshot wounds around 7:15 p.m. Saturday. She was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

No arrests have been made. Police say a possible suspect vehicle is a white SUV that left the scene after the shooting.

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