Vigil held for Richmond fire victims

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Family and friends gathered to remember Corporal Rosa Fowlks.

She died alongside two other family members in a house fire earlier this week.

Today’s vigil gave people a chance to share fond memories of all she did.

“Wipe our tears oh God, give us the strength, God, to move forward,” one speaker said during the prayer vigil event.

Family and friends remembered Corporal Rosa Fowlkes, a beloved member in her community.

Fowlks, her daughter and 5-year-old grandson all died when her home caught fire on Wednesday.

“She loves to have fun, she loves to smile, she loves that grandbaby … she loved family, period,” a friend said.

For nearly a decade, Corporeal Fowlks worked in the community custody division of the Richmond Sheriff’s Office.

“She was everything to us and a go-getter. She was dedicated, she loved people.”

“She was real big on the community relationship between the sheriff’s department and our community and it’s just so sad to lose a life in any way,” Charles Willis of the group United Communities Against Crime.

Corporal Fowlks was always around to lend a helping hand.

“She won’t take no for an answer, and if you can’t find a way, she’ll make a way for you. That’s always been her, that’s always been her scenario,” one friend said.

Sheriff Woody says Fowlks was gearing up for this year’s national night out, saying her love for community will continue to live on.

“She wanted for this community, for us to show love and not divided. she never gave up, there was always a way. I never saw her when she wasn’t smiling … she was all about work … for everybody,” Woody said.

Corporal Fowlkes was a key part of community outreach for the sheriff’s office.

The victims were family members Rosa Fowlkes, 61, Ariel Hubbard, 31, and Josiah (Ariel’s son), 5.
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