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Navy Sailor arrested in fatal shooting of Virginia Beach 18-year-old woman

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Police have arrested and charged a Navy Sailor in connection with a Virginia Beach woman's death.

Alec Spencer Wagner

Alec Spencer Wagner

On Tuesday night, police were called to the 1100 block of Mondrian Loop shortly before 10 p.m. Once on scene they say they found 18-year-old Aleigha Michelle Hawkingberry suffering from a gunshot wound in the street outside of her home.

She died from her injuries at the scene. According to the medical examiner, Hawkingberry died from being shot in the neck and chest.

Police detained a man at the scene and on Thursday announced the arrest of Alec Spencer Wagner, 22, from Chesapeake.

Wagner has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Handling of a Firearm and is being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.

Fleet Forces confirmed that Wagner is a Sailor within the Navy.

No one at the Hawkingberry home wanted to talk on camera about the death of Aleigha, but her friends tell News 3 that she had an infectious smile and an amazing personality.

"She was just an amazing person she was the person you would want to see in the morning because she could brighten your day just by saying hello," said Michael Demetros, a friend of Aleigha's.

According to police, Hawkinberry and Wagner knew each other before the incident but they did not specify how.

Wagner has a preliminary hearing scheduled for November 18.