‘She always had that joy in her heart’: Family mourns loved one killed in Richmond’s East End


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) —A woman is dead after being shot Wednesday morning in Richmond’s East End.

She was identified as Rosalind Gibson, of Richmond, by family members who spoke with 8News.

Richmond Police responded to North 25th and Venable Streets at about 2:45 a.m. for reports of a person shot. There, they found Gibson with gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The family tells 8News she was shot right in her neighborhood. Gibson, who made a living caring for children and as a housekeeper, celebrated her 46th birthday days before the fatal shooting.

No arrests have made at this time.

8News spoke with Gibson’s family members Wednesday, who say they want justice for a loved one taken too soon.

“I just want them to know that when they took my mom, they took a part of me, they took a part of all of us,” said Gibson’s daughter, Diamond. “My mom didn’t do nothing to nobody and she was loved.”

Diamond told 8News reporter Alex Thorson that she doesn’t know how she will break the news to her daughter that her grandmother is gone.

“I wouldn’t wish this on no one,” she said.

Richmond Police responded to North 25th and Venable Streets at about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 for reports of a person shot.

Gibson died at the scene but her family doesn’t believe she was the intended target. The family said she was playing skill games inside a convenience store nearby when she walked out and gunfire erupted. While police continue to investigate, Gibson’s sister remembers the decades spent by her side.

“She was a very funny and energetic person,” said Barbara Smith. “If you ever got to meet her, that was somebody special to meet. She will forever live in our hears. I’m sure gonna miss her.”

All three family members have condemned the ongoing violence in the city, asking when will enough be enough?

“It’s to the point where we can’t get in and out of our vehicles, or transport our children from place to place because of this,” said Gibson’s niece, Jasman Jackson.

This isn’t the family’s first loss, either.

Gibson’s own 12-year old-son was shot and killed roughly 15 years ago. “The only thing we got is the man upstairs. He’s gonna keep us together,” Smith said.

Charles Willis, head of the United Communities Against Crime, said Richmonders are becoming desensitized to the violence.

On Wednesday, just hours after the shooting, music played loudly near the former crime scene as others shopped in nearby stores.

“Folks are going about their business like nothing ever happened,” he said. “It’s like business as usual. That’s not usual.”

Willis also said offenders are taking advantage of businesses’ late night and early morning hours. “It has to stop and it has to stop now,” he said.

Willis told 8News he is going to ask Richmond’s city council to look at certain areas and propose initiating a curfew.

“It may mean that some businesses can’t stay open in Richmond for 24 hours,” he said. ‘However, the businesses need to understand that they have a responsibility also to maintain safety.”

The Richmond Police Department confirmed on Friday that Gibson was the victim in the homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.


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