A Petersburg community comes together to stomp out violence

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Petersburg community came together in hopes to end violence in the area.

On Saturday, the Metropolitan Baptist Church put on their Step Up and Stomp Out Anti-Violence March.  The event was in the memory of the deaths of Pauline Wilkins, her daughter Vickie Chavis, Missy Chavis and two-year-old Delvari. They were found dead in their burned-out home, on April 19, 2014.  Two were stabbed and the other two died of smoke inhalation.

Family members of the victims come to the event to show support.

Tynesha Chavis, a family member, said the incident was said and very tragic.

“Pauline was my grandmother, Vickie was my aunt, Missy was my first cousin, and Vari was my second cousin,”  Chavis said.

Alexander Hill was charged with the murders.  He was arrested last year in New York and now in Virginia awaiting trial.

“I hope he stays where he is at and my family gets the justice that they truly deserve and need,” Chavis said.

Tynesha Chavis says it has been two years but she’s still taking it one day at a time. She says the community support helps her get by.

“There are still days that it stills feels like yesterday,” Chavis said.

Lamont Hobbs, Metropolitan Baptist Church pastor, says her just want to so the family support.

“We just want to let them know that we still love them and how tragic it has been that all is not lost,” Hobbs said.

Chavis said it’s a good feeling to see all the people supporting her grandma.

She hopes someone thinks twice before ever committing a terrible act again.

“I just hope and pray that somebody else will get this and it touch somebody else so nobody else’s family will have to go through this,” she said.

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