Dozens come together in Church Hill to remember a life lost

Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A sea of black and red balloons filled the sky in Church Hill Sunday evening as dozens of community members came together for a prayer vigil honoring the life of Albert Harvey Jr.

“You all are out there in your black and red. We’re representing AJ because we love him. Because we love his family,” Charles Willis with United Communities Against Crime said at the vigil Sunday.

Harvey, who was 30-years-old was one of the several victims in the string of gun violence that occurred across the city since Easter Sunday. He was shot in killed in broad daylight on North 30th Street.

The victim’s father, Albert Harvey Sr. said his son was a funny man.

“I just got through talking to him a couple of days before,” he said. “But, to know he’s not going to be here anymore, somebody took his life from him, It’s just no understanding behind all of this.”

He described his the loss of his son as a tragedy.

“I’ll never see him again,” he said, holding back tears.

Harvey believes his son was killed over money.

“They could’ve walked away with whatever they took from him and he would’ve let them go with it,” Harvey told 8News Sunday.

Richmond Police announced that they have only made one arrest in the string of more than six shootings since April 4. The arrest was made in connection to the Wickham Street shooting that left one 21-year-old dead.

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