Troopers search for Martinsburg killer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — State Police say a murder investigation from the weekend happened in an area that is not known for violent crime.

Taylor Hawkridge, 22, was shot in the face as she returned home from work about 3:30 a.m. Saturday at the Andelusian Court Apartment Complex.

“Somebody approached her, shot her in the face, and fled the area,” said State Police Corporal J.J. Bowman.

Troopers say for now the only description they have on any kind of suspect is a dark colored vehicle fled the area.

“At this point, there’s no sign to say it was a robbery,” said Bowman. “We have some witnesses in the area, it was a town home complex, so some people saw some stuff.”

Bowman said troopers are following up a number of leads generated by the witness statements, but so far have not been able to develop any suspects.

Hawkridge lived with her boyfriend at the apartments.  She died a short time later at the Winchester, Virginia Medical Center.

“The neighborhood itself, we don’t have a lot of calls other than general calls to 911,” Bowman said. “This right here is out of the ordinary for that area.”

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