Two prominent Rhode Island leaders mourn aunt killed in Providence hit-and-run

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence police arrested a suspect after a deadly hit-and-run involving the aunt of two prominent community leaders in Rhode Island on Sunday.

State Rep. Marcia Ranglin and her sister Lisa Ranglin identified their aunt as Violet Barracks, 76, of Providence.

Her family told ABC 6 News she was walking on Union Avenue, when the suspected hit-and-run driver slammed into her and took off from the scene.

Barracks’ children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews were all gathered in the garden of her home on Sunday afternoon.

“She was basically just going out to do an errand, going for a little walk in her neighborhood and somebody literally snatched her, murdered her, killed her. And we don’t have a chance to say goodbye. We’re going to call on elected officials to evaluate that [intersection] there of the city. But her death will not go in vain,” Lisa Ranglin said. “Her legacy will live on with her children, her grandchildren and all the folks and all the family, her nieces and nephews and everybody that loved her. Anyone that came in contact with my Auntie Violet loved her.”

Police wouldn’t release any more details about the suspect until their arraignment.

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