About 100 people chanted “save our children” and “stop the killing” on the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 18 while holding signs, posters and photos of loved ones killed by gun violence.
They took over the streets, marching from Greater Mount Moriah Baptist Church to the steps of the John Marshall Court Building. The number of young people aged 18 and younger killed in Richmond firearm homicides jumped from five in 2019 to 10 in 2020 and 12 in 2021, according to data from the state medical examiner’s office.
Tynashia Humphrey, a 15-year-old Richmond Public Schools freshman, was caught in a crossfire while walking to the store with friends on Sept. 12. She died the same day.
Red memorial balloons across the street from Mount Moriah — just down the street from Gilpin Court — mark the location where Humphrey was shot and killed. -- Megan Pauly (VPM News)