Mar 15, 2016
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The murders of three young men in Richmond since Feb. 29 have prompted a group of Richmond residents to plan a rally for Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

The rally is scheduled to start at the beginning of the council meeting, at 6 p.m. Council Chambers are located at 440 Civic Center Plaza.

“The focus will be on the youth, as we’re going to support their efforts in reaching city government with their voices,” community advocate Rodney Alamo Brown said.

The community is mourning the losses of 14-year-old Xavier McClanahan (middle picture), who was shot dead on the Richmond Greenway just north of the 3300 block of Ohio Avenue on Feb. 29; 15-year-old William Malik Barnes (left picture), who was fatally shot in the 100 block of West Macdonald Avenue on March 10; and 21-year-old Joshmahl Russell (right picture), who was killed in the 500 block of Gertrude Avenue late Sunday morning.

The killings have sparked frustration among community members, many of whom have taken to social media to denounce not only the actions of the murderers, but also the poverty and other social conditions they say has helped fuel the violence.

“Time to stop complaining and start holding folks accountable to this community,” Brown said. “Those who are serious about change, I hope to see you. This is a leaderless movement. We’re coming as a whole community: North, South, Central, Hilltop, Parchester, etc. You’ve got to stop dividing yourselves. You got to organize….There has to be a social commitment, a social consciousness that joins people together.”



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.