RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – More than 100 family members and friends came together Sunday to celebrate the lives of the 14-year-old and 9-year-old that were killed in a quadruple shooting Nov. 12.
The NAACP of Richmond organized the celebration of life at the corner of Creighton Road and Nine Mile Road Sunday afternoon.
The fourth and final suspect was arrested in connection with that shooting last week.
Several community leaders joined the families at the celebration of life, saying they’re tired of holding vigils and going to funerals, asking for the guns to be put down.
Too devastated to speak, Rah’quan Logan’s mother stood with tears rolling down her face as so many people remembered her 14-year-old son.
Nine-year-old Abdul Bani-Ahmad’s aunt Linda was there as the crowd remembered him as well. She is calling on community officials to stop the violence.
“I am calling out on the chief and the police and the detectives. You need to stand up. You need to do more for this community than what you’re doing,” she told the crowd Sunday.
Logan’s little cousin said he’s fearful after his “Oompa” was gunned down at the OMG Convenience Store.
“I was scared that I was going to die,” he cried.
Cheryl Burke with Richmond Public Schools said RPS has written too many letters, saying too many parents are losing their children.
Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin stopped in Chesterfield over the weekend and responded to the recent violence.
“Literally we have young people in Virginia whose lives are extinguished in such a tragic way. It breaks your heart,” he told reporters.
He said he plans to fully fund law enforcement and start community engagement programs that have helped reduce violence in other cities.
“It’s going to require a comprehensive approach where we have a commitment to work with folks from all elements of law enforcement,” he said.
Marilyn Olds, president of the Richmond Tenant Organization, prayed and spoke to the crowd, begging people to stop killing each other.
“You say Black lives matter. It only matters when the white folks or police are killing us. But we’re killing each other and it’s alright. We’ve got to stop it,” she said.
Logan’s aunt is asking people to stop spreading rumors about how her nephew died on social media.
“He was a baby. He was our baby. He wasn’t perfect. None of them are. But he was still ours and we loved him very dearly,” she cried.
Rah’quan Logan will be laid to rest later this week.
Two others were injured in the shooting and are in stable condition.