Sun. Jun 7th, 2020

The Family Of Pherbia Tinsley Teams With The AWARE Foundation, Determined To Find Their Loved Ones Killer(s)

The family of Ms. Pherbia Tinsley has teamed with the AWARE Foundation in hopes of helping the Charlottesville Police Dept. find Ms. Tinsley’s killer. “The AWARE foundation came here to help me get some answers for my mom’s case. It’s unsolved for five years,” Telambria Tinsley said in a statement to Highlight Hollywood.
The Charlottesville Newsplex has featured the story, which chronicles, on July 14, 2012, 51-year-old Pherbia Tinsley was found unresponsive, slumped over the steering wheel of a green Honda on Prospect Avenue.
 Pherbia Tinsley

“I drove over there and I saw all of the police,” said Telambria Tinsley, Pherbia’s daughter. “Someone ran up to me and hugged me and I knew, I just knew.”


Pherbia, a military veteran, was shot and killed. The Charlottesville Police Department ruled the case a homicide.


“In 2012, my mom was murdered, and I don’t know why,” said Telambria.


In 2017, the case is still assigned to Detective Tony Newberry with the Charlottesville Police Department. He was called on the scene the morning of July 14.


“We know that she went from home to Hardy Drive,” said Newberry. “Then she ended up in her vehicle on Prospect Avenue, and we need to fill in the gaps.”


Five years later, the person responsible is still a mystery.  But that isn’t daunting to the head of AWARE, Kenny Jarels who tells Highlight Hollywood, “We’re going to get to the bottom of this case, we are determined to help this family and we all appreciate any information or details any potential witnesses have in this case.  Someone knows what happened.”


Jarels recently spoke with Charlottesville’s radio station WINA about the cold case.


If you have any information in the Tinsley case, call Crime Stoppers at (434) 977-4000 or the Charlottesville Police Department.



Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AWARE Foundation
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