Area coaches, athletes march to end violence in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Just days after a 12-year-old girl was shot in Richmond, dozens of coaches organized an anti-violence march.

Amiya Moses was visiting a friend in a neighborhood off Old Brook Road this weekend when she was shot. She later died at the hospital. Police say she was not the intended target, but Amiya was one of three people murdered in the city of Richmond on Saturday alone.

After hearing about the recent violence, Maurice Tyler, a youth athletic coach, organized Wednesday’s walk and dozens of coaches showed up for the event.

“When something happens to a kid that’s in our city, we feel some type of way about it, we want to do something about it, we want to show our concern,” says Tyler, whose message to the public was simple. “Put the guns down, pick up a basketball, pick up a football. go and practice boxing or something. But whatever you do, put the guns down.”

Dozens of coaches showed up to participate in the walk. They even walked by the location where Amiya was shot. They hope their presence will send a message that violence should not be tolerated.

“If they see you out here in the community, that can change {anybody’s} life if they see you out here doing it, not just talk about it, be about it,” says Anthony Grigspy, a coach with Blackwell Southside football and basketball.

Amiya’s funeral will be on Monday, Dec. 28. If you would like to assist with her funeral expenses, click here.

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