‘She should be here’: Funeral honors life of 9-year-old Markiya Dickson

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Family, friends and the community turned out Friday afternoon to honor the life of 9-year-old Markiya Dickson, who was shot and killed at Carter Jones Park over Memorial Day weekend. An 11-year-old boy who was also at the park was shot but survived.

The 8News crew outside of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Center was told Dickson’s casket was open at her funeral.

“She should be here right to this day to actually enjoy her life,” said Tarquasia Richardson, who knew the young girl. “Still go to school, still see her classmates, still do what kids do on the playground.”

Richardson says she was at Carter Jones Park when the tragedy unfolded on May 26. She told 8News she ran when the shots rang out that day. 

“Some people thought it was fireworks but you know what I mean? That noise don’t sound right to me,” Richardson said. “Next thing you know, they told me somebody got shot and it was a baby and I found out it was her. I was so heartbroken.”

Some were seen heading into Dickson’s funeral wearing shirts and pins with the young victim’s face.”She didn’t deserve it,” said Richardson. “Nobody ever deserves that.” 

According to crime statistics tracked by Richmond Police, there have been 26 homicides in the city so far in 2019. Just seven of those cases have been cleared by RPD.

“Detectives continue to work diligently on the open cases in the Department,” said Richmond Police Major Crimes Lt. Faith Flippo. “As in the past, successful prosecutions come with working together with the community and those who have the courage to come forward to help us bring closure for these families.”

Those who knew the youngest homicide victim of 2019 said they will continue to plead for justice.

“I really hope that they either turn themselves in or own up to what they did because she didn’t deserve it, and she needs justice right away,” said Richardson.

No arrests have been made after Dickson’s death, though investigators say they are looking for three young men. Detectives have called this case, “senseless violence.”

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