Five shootings, three homicides, and two arrests. Not our finest hour.
Photo by L.C. Nottaasen.
This weekend was not a good one for Richmond–three homicides (and five victims total–two lived) in one weekend is the most since August, which in turn followed a particularly deadly Memorial Day weekend. Here are our 2015 homicides in charts and graphs.
Jaquan Clark, 18, was murdered via gunshot wound on Carmine Street and was pronounced dead at the scene (he was one of three victims of gunshot wounds at the scene–the other two are in the hospital currently). Anthony Herndon, 42, lost his life after being shot in a motel on Midlothian Turnpike.
And then there’s Amiya Moses, a 12-year-old girl who was shot behind a building on Old Brook Road. Chief Alfred Durham and investigators said that she was caught in the crossfire during a neighborhood dispute.
Last night, U.S. Marshals apprehended Amiya’s suspected killers–Dwight Q. Jackson, 20, and Shaquille D. Maxwell, 20. Their families, according to police, had encouraged them to turn themselves in.
While the numbers for 2015 will look slightly better than 2014 (although, there’s still time left on the calendar), that’s no reason to celebrate.
Today, the City unveils the new Alicia Rasin honorary sign on Princess Anne Avenue, the street in Church Hill where she lived. The beloved anti-violence advocate’s words of wisdom and comfort would be welcome right about now.