Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Richmond Tragedy

Police Seek Ex-Boyfriend in Killing of Richmond Mom

Richmond Pulse  April 5, 2017 RP Editors

A 29-year-old year mother was killed in Richmond Tuesday morning in her car by an alleged ex-boyfriend as she tried to get away. Two of her children, both under 10, sat in the backseat and witnessed the killing.

Rashanda Franklin of Richmond was killed around 8:45 a.m. near the intersection of Rheem Avenue and 29th St. According to police, Franklin was found unconscious in the driver’s seat after suffering a gunshot wound in the upper torso.

Authorities are looking for the suspect, Lawyer Dushan McBride, 43, of San Pablo.

“This is a domestic violence situation that has gotten completely out of control,” said Lt. Felix Tan, Richmond Police Department spokesperson.

“She was driving to drop the children off at a local daycare facility,” said Tan. “As she’s getting near the facility, she sees the estranged boyfriend.”

Tan said Franklin then drove around the block to try to get away from the suspect but he followed Franklin in his own car.

At the intersection of Rheem Ave. and 29th, police say the suspect blocked her path with his car, cutting her off.

“He gets out of the car and argues with her through the window,” said Tan. “And then he shoots her, gets back in his car and takes off.”

“The children, both of them, saw this whole thing happened,” he said.

Tan said police were able to piece together an account of what happened from surveillance video and witness accounts.

Police have issued a $2 million warrant for McBride’s arrest and are asking for help from the community to apprehend the suspect.

“If you know him or his whereabouts, don’t contact him. Call us. Or just call 911 if they’re outside of the city,” said Tan.

The suspect drives a 2007 silver four-door Mercedes Benz S550 with no license plates, police said. “It’s paper plated,” Tan said.

Erika Porter, who identified herself as Rashanda Franklin’s sister, said Rashanda was the mother of three boys ages 3, 5 and 9. Porter said Franklin was a Kennedy High alumna.

“Rashanda was a cosmetology student and she worked security,” said Porter, via text message.

“She was good hearted, she was helping our mother and our aunt who are disabled with day to day activities and doctor’s appointments. Our family is still processing the situation and we just want prayers and help with catching him,” said Porter.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise $15,000 for Franklin’s children. The page can be accessed online at
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Richmond Police are searching for Lawyer Dushan McBride in connection with Tuesday’s slaying of his former girlfriend, Rashanda Franklin.

If you see this man, call 911 immediately. 

Lawyer Dushan McBride, wanted in connection with Tuesday’s slaying of his former girlfriend, Rashanda Franklin, is believed to be driving this 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550.

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