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There is a new garden in Richmond’s Museum District that looks different from any other in the neighborhood.

It’s modern and architectural in its design: with six raised beds, an in-ground cistern that waters the garden, and obelisks for climbing vines that rise from the center of each bed like triangular sculptures.

It’s formal and striking.

People walking by often stop to snap photographs of it with their phones.

But what the casual passer-by doesn’t see is the story behind the garden.

Located at the corner of Floyd and Colonial avenues, the garden is the site of a fatal shooting that remains unsolved.

In 2002, Vicki Parent, an 18-year-old honors student from George Mason University, was visiting a friend who lived in an apartment in the large white Victorian in the 2900 block of Floyd Avenue. She parked her car on the street around 10 p.m., but never made it inside. She was shot during a robbery and died the next day at VCU Medical Center.

Her killer was never found.

Read the full story here.

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