The Richmond Police Department is encouraging community members to take a break from work Friday and head down to Nevin Park for a Ceasefire walk, a response to gun violence in the city.
Clergy, residents and others will meet at noon at 4th Street and Nevin Avenue in order to call for an end to violence as a community.
“Please share with your contacts or join us on your lunch hour to support peace and community building near Nevin Park,” police said in a Facebook statement.
Ceasefire walks have been lauded for raising awareness and building community opposition to gun violence. They are one of the nationally recognized efforts that helped form alliances between RPD, religious leaders and community members to dramatically reduce the city’s crime rate.
Friday’s event follows several notable incidents of violence in the city, including separate shootings in March killing 23-year-old Robert Griffin Jr. of Richmond, 62-year-old Peter Otten of Hercules, and Keven Hall, 20 of Richmond.
Last week, Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus called for continued community partnerships due to a 9-percent to 10-percent increase in overall crime (both property and violent crimes) in the first part of the year.