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Longtime Hampton Sheriff B.J. Roberts dies at home
By dailypress.com- Alissa Skelton
Published: 12/29/2020

HAMPTON — Hampton Sheriff B.J. Roberts, who planned to retire in January, died peacefully at home on Saturday morning after celebrating Christmas with his family, the sheriff’s department said.

Roberts, 70, will be remembered as Virginia’s longest-serving sheriff and as the first African American to serve as president of the National Sheriffs Association.

Mayor Donnie Tuck said he was shocked, and isn’t sure what caused Roberts’ death.

“He always had a presence in the community,” Tuck said. “There is going to be a big hole in Hampton that will be difficult to fill.”

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