RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — More than a hundred people gathered Thursday night to remember Alicia Rasin. Known for her work as a criminal justice advocate, Rasin spent decades fighting violence in the city.
The vigil was held at Jefferson Park, where Rasin on more than one occasion gathered crowds to hold vigils after acts of violence.
“She was always there for everybody,” said one vigil attendee, Bonnie Reed. “I remember when there was a girl in my neighborhood that died and she was almost there before the police. And she’s got the prettiest smile.”
A smile that others mirrored today as this celebration was not about her death, but about the life she lived.
“She was very well loved. She loved people and people loved her,” said Albertiaa Walker, Rasin’s sister.
During the vigil, dozens shared memories about Rasin and spoke of her love for RVA. A love her sister knew all too well.
“It meant everything to her everything that she was about, everything that she did, she did it for others,” Walker said. “She did more for others than she did for herself.”
There was a large police presence on hand Thursday, but not for protection. The “po po”, as Alicia affectionately called them, came out to honor a woman many say made their job easier.
“Sometimes folks want to talk to the police, but they are afraid. But guess what? They go to her and she didn’t have a problem talking to police and giving us whatever information,” said Richmond Police chief Alfred Durham.
A visitation is scheduled for Friday at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, and her funeral is scheduled for Saturday. The funeral included a processional through Church Hill.