Friends and Family Hold Vigil for Rodney White

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RICHMOND (WRIC) – A vigil
is held for a Richmond man murdered on Gordon Avenue early last Saturday
morning. Friends and family say he may have been targeted because of his sexual
orientation.

Rodney White was murdered
just days before his 23rd birthday in a Richmond alley. Friday night, family
and friends gathered to remember him and mourn together.

Rodney had a lot of
friends and a very close family.

“He always kept a smile
even on his rainy day he always, always, always, always, always kept a smile,”
says White's godfather Paul Hawkes.

As loved ones sang,
prayed, and talked about Rodney, many tried to make sense of why he was killed.

“He wasn't argumentative
or an aggressive guy at all so I really don't understand,” says cousin Kenna
Hertsch.

Some say he was targeted
because of his sexual orientation.

Friends say he had
recently decided to become a woman and go by the name Amari Hill.

“He was dressed transgender
and I think he was targeted,” says friend Danielle Davis. “He was making big
life decisions and changes and coming into his own and he was happy about the
choices he had finally made.”

Police aren't commenting
on specifics of the case but say, as of now, it's not being called a hate
crime.

“Rodney was a victim of an
incident that never should have happened,” says Major Steve Drew.

As friends and family
raised candles to heaven and wish Rodney a late happy birthday, they search for
peace.

Police tell me they have
several leads in this case and they're confident that somebody will be
arrested.

Anyone with information is
urged to contact police.

 

Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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