Nov 12, 2014
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Rodney Frazier Jr., the beloved 16-year-old Richmond High School student who was shot and killed Friday in front of his grandfather’s North Richmond home, was described by his family, basketball teammates and coaches as the “perfect kid” whose death has devastated the community, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Times journalists told a heartbreaking but important story Tuesday about the suffering the community has endured since Frazier’s death. Authorities say the teen was not in a gang.

The Oilers’ junior point guard was also described as a hard-working athlete and team leader.

Authorities believe Frazier was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was shot at 9:21 p.m. outside his family’s home in the 300 block of Market Street, the Times reported.

Frazier, a budding mechanic, had been riding his dirt bike before he was shot, authorities said.

Community members are regularly visiting a makeshift memorial to Frazier, and teammates and coaches of the Richmond High School point guard are planning to meet at Richmond Civic Auditorium at 5 p.m. tonight to call for an end to the violence. Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus plans to attend.

We encourage our readers to read the full Times story and to attend tonight’s rally for peace.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.