Richmond residents came out for Faith Walk to honor homicide victims
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Richmond community members held the second annual faith walk Saturday. The goal was to end violence in the city.
Dananda Alexander was one of the many who came out for the event. Her younger sister was murdered in hillside court a few years ago. She was just 19 years old.
“Everybody here lost someone. Their heart aches just like my heart aches, her heart aches,” said Alexander.
The group walked more than 2 miles down Hull Street from Manchester District Court building to Circle Plaza Shopping Center. Many wore shirts and carried banners honoring loved ones killed in heinous crimes.
“The purpose of today is to not only bring awareness but to bring some sort of change to the communities here, to bring the people together,” said Dawayne Hill, who helped organize the event.
Richmond has seen a spike in homicides compared to last year. Three young children have been shot, another was beaten to death.
"Parents are having to bury their young kids, which is absurd. It should be the opposite way. Kids should be burying us,” said Hill.
Organizers say the event is also to help families grieving.
“We are their voices, and we are here to love, support and encourage them,” said Markeita Boyd.
But above all, it's a call for action.
"If we can change how we see one another, how we view one another. Cut the enemy, cut the envy out, cut pulling the guns to solve our problems. This is getting us nowhere, but more and more people losing lives,” said Hill.