Jan 9, 2016
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A respected Richmond police officer who was killed by a former boyfriend in 2006 will forever be a symbol of hope to domestic violence victims at the West County Family Justice Center.

Kaliah Ashante Harper’s memory was very much alive Friday at the Family Justice Center, which provides an array of resources for domestic violence victims. The law enforcement wing of the center was named in honor of her. Detectives stationed at the Family Justice Center investigate cases such as domestic violence.

Radio Free Richmond attended Friday’s dedication and wrote a solid account that quotes Harper’s grateful family members and Interim Police Chief Allwyn Brown. We encourage our readers to read the report.

Harper was shot by her ex-boyfriend as they sat in a car in front of the Fairfield Community Center on Nov. 24, 2006. The killing occurred after a memorial service for two boys killed in a car crash.

She was described by Richmond Police Association President Officer Benjamin Therriault as a “proactive cop” who was loved, respected in the community and who accomplished a lot in a short time. She earned numerous commendations before being placed in special units early in her career, Therriault said.




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.