RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police detectives in Richmond are asking the public’s help to identify three suspects in the murder of a 9-year-old girl over Memorial Day weekend. 

In a press conference Friday, detectives say they are seeking three young males. 

“We believe there are eyewitnesses who have information on these suspects,” said Major Crimes Lt. Faith Flippo. “We are asking you to come forward and help us bring closure to these families. These are young children who are victims of senseless violence.”

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Police officers were called to Carter Jones Park in the 2700 block of Bainbridge Street just before 7:30 p.m. Officers found two children, a girl and a boy, who had been shot. They were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

The girl, 9-year-old Markiya Simone Dickson, died at the hospital. The boy was initially said to be fighting for his life, but officials on Monday said his injuries were considered ‘non-life threatening.’

Markiya’s parents, Mark Whitfield and Ciara Dickson, told 8News that their family stopped by a community cookout at the park. They say men on the basketball court started shooting into the crowd and Markiya was running to safety when she was shot. 

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The heartbroken parents are now begging the community to report any information to the police. 

“She was my everything. A part of my heart is missing. I leave out the house with three kids and I come back with two. This is not right. Don’t nobody understand this hurt,” Dickson told 8News.  

Anyone with photos, video, or information about the identities of these men are asked to email Major Crimes Detective Benjamin Neifeld at or (804) 646-3246 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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