A rally pays tribute to the young people killed: “Stop the massacre”

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RICHMOND, Va. — There were heavy hearts across Richmond as more than a dozen families marched Sunday to honor young people who have lost their lives to gun violence.

Families who have felt the pain of losing someone special to gun violence have come together to plead for an end to the killings.

The march passed where Tynashia Humphrey, 15, was shot in the crossfire and killed last weekend.

And it came hours after a teenager was shot dead a few miles from Laburnum Avenue in Henrico.

“Just because there’s a conflict, I’ll put a bullet in your head or in your heart,” delegate Delores McQuinn (D – Richmond) told the crowd. “Something’s wrong with that!”

Henrico Police are investigating the shooting of what sources say was the homicide of a 17-year-old near St. Lukes Apartments.

“When you get a phone call that your baby is gone, that’s the worst phone call in the world,” said another speaker.

No one who marched on Sunday knows what happened on Laburnum Avenue, but almost everyone in attendance knows the feeling of having a youngster snatched from the world.

“You will never go back to the life you had before you lost your loved one,” another speaker said. “You’ll never come back. This is the new normal.”

It is this pain that helps educate families on ways to address this seemingly recurring problem.

“If you make sure your spirit is strong, your spirit is tight, your spirit is straight, there’s nothing you can’t do,” one man told the crowd. “This is us. This is what we have to do.”

If that’s not compelling, consider this. Face after face, story after story, child after child taken away.

They stood up so maybe someone else wouldn’t have to do the same thing.

If you have information about any of these cases that could help detectives, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit a tip online at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones can also be used. Crime Stoppers’ three contact methods are anonymous.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email [email protected] to send a tip.

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