Va. medical examiner: 4 fire victims were slain

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PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — The state medical examiner says four people found dead after a Petersburg fire were slain.

According to media outlets, the medical examiner reported Friday that 67-year-old Pauline Wilkins and 46-year-old Vickie Chavis Ansar died of sharp force injuries to the torso. Twenty-two-year-old Tanique Chavis and 2-year-old Delvair Chavis died of thermal and inhalation injuries.

Authorities continue to look for 47-year-old Alexander Roosevelt Hill Jr., who has been named a person of interest in the April 19 fire. The U.S. Marshall's Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Hill's arrest.

Hill failed to show up for a trial Wednesday on a charge of making a telephone death threat last December to a relative of the fire's victims.

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