Richmond locals gather together in hopes to stop the violence


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmonders tired of gun violence gathered to remember the 9-year-old girl shot to death in a park this week. Their goal is to chart a more peaceful way forward. 

Markiya Dickson’s pictures were posted all around Carter Jones Park on Friday. Faith Walk RVA came together for a special event to demand an end to the violence. 

“I’ve lost a lot of people to violence in the city,” Monaye Peace, a Richmond resident, said. 

Peace’s teenage nephew, Stephen White, was killed back in 2008. His mother Cynthia White said her son was shot in the head in Richmond. 

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“I just miss my baby, my only child,” White said. 

People who gathered at the Second Baptist Church on Broad Rock Boulevard on Friday have all lost someone to gun violence in the City of Richmond. 

“We cannot keep closing our eyes and saying not my child, not my problem because sooner or later, it’s going to become your problem, it’s going to become your child,” Richmond resident Sabrina Smith said. 

The most recent deadly shooting took the life of 9-year-old Markiya Dickson. Her death is another painful reminder of the changed needed in the community. 

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“My son slept with me for two nights because he was like ‘mom she’s my age, she’s in the same grade I am, that could’ve happened to me,'” Danielle Willford, another Richmond resident, said. 

Residents are hopeful for a change. 

“It’s a sad, sad thing that’s happening in our city, and we have to come together,” Peace said. 

Faith Walk RVA stop the violence plans to help the family get justice. They want to raise $5,000 as a reward to help police make an arrest. 

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