Hundreds rally to “stop the violence” in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Chants of “stop the violence, increase the peace” echoed through Richmond’s northside on Tuesday during a grassroots rally organized by concerned citizens.

Hundreds of men, women and children gathered at Martin Luther King Middle School, and marched to Coalter and Redd Streets in Mosby Court. Less than a week ago on May 7, 22-year old Ra’Keem Davis was shot to death there.

The “Stop the Violence” rally comes on the heels of a string of violent crimes in Richmond in early May, including Davis’ murder and one other fatal shooting.

Many in the community agree that coming to police about a crime is a place to start.

“It’s important for you to come forth because if no one comes forth, then it will continue to get worse and worse,” says Angerita Jones of the Mosby Court Neighborhood Association.

It’s a plea to speak up so that other families will not feel the same heartbreak as Ra’Keem’s.

Police have arrested and charged two men in connection to his death.

Stay with 8News for more on this developing story.

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