Lowrider car vigil inspires large prayer circle on 23rd Street


In the seventh vigil held in as many days for the victims of gun violence in Richmond, about 500 people watched a parade of lowrider cars roll down 23rd Street Sunday afternoon.

Many of the attendees participated in a large prayer circle in the street that momentarily blocked traffic along 23rd between Lowell and Rheem avenues.  Owners of gorgeous lowrider cars came from as far away as Sacramento and San Jose to take part in the event.

Organized with help from Gonzalo Rucobo of the Bay Area Peacekeepers and community advocate Rodney Alamo Brown, the vigil was a demand for peace amid a spike in violence in Richmond and surrounding areas.

Since late August, five lives have been claimed in shootings in Richmond and San Pablo. The 21 homicides so far in Richmond this year equals the homicide total from all of 2015, and is nearly double the 2014 total.

Read more about the response to the violence by the city and faith groups here as well as Police Chief Allwyn Brown’s thoughts on the issue here.

Brown told attendees Sunday: “When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of residence or locale, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies, to be met not with cooperation but with conquest; to be subjugated and mastered.”



  1. We need to remain united and push for drastic change in Richmond. While change is always hard to bear and accept, there won’t be peace without change and growth.

    The situation is obviously out of control and we need to stop it. The violence has caused our community to constantly be on edge.

    We deserve better than this. We deserve peace, a safe community and good services which enhance our lives and our community as a whole.

    On behalf of Richmond residents, thank you, for participating in this rally and making a peaceful statement to end the violence. Rise up Richmond!