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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The pain of not knowing what happened to her son is too much to bear for one Richmond mother. Janice Yellardy said her family was stunned to learn of her son Samah’s death through other inmates and their families via Facebook.

Janice says when her sister was notified through Facebook last Friday, she called the prison for answers.

“She called Powhatan and they said ‘yes, he passed away,’” Yellardy explained.

Yellardy said their family has been contacted by several inmates and eventually a corrections officer who was on duty at the prison on November 7,  the day Samah died.

An officer claiming to be from the Powhatan Correctional Center reached out to CBS 6 with claims the facility was trying to cover up Samah Yellardy’s death and that video cameras recorded the incident.

The Department of Corrections and officials declined to comment, and…

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