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Phyliss Silva, whose daughter was slain in 1996, passed away on Friday

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Phyliss Silva, the mother of the first of three Spotsylvania County girls to be abducted and killed by a serial predator, passed away on Friday.

Sofia Silva, 16, was snatched from in front of the family’s home in the community of Oak Grove Terrace on Sept. 9, 1996. Eight months later, two more girls — 15-year-old Kristin Lisk and 12-year-old Kati Lisk — were abducted from in front of their Spotsylvania home.

All three girls were abducted shortly after school and were killed, devastating their families and sending a wave of fear across the Fredericksburg region.

In June of 2002, the girls’ killer was discovered after he abducted a girl in South Carolina, where he had moved. That girl escaped, which led to a multi-state manhunt that ended in Florida when the man killed himself as police were about to arrest him.

The Silva family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Sofia Silva Scholarship Fund, Mill Race North 11 Building, 725 Jackson St., Suite 114, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. 

Mrs. Silva was 72. Her full obituary can be viewed here.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, 4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview Baptist Church where Mrs. Silva was active. The church is located at 900 Charlotte St. in Fredericksburg.

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