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.”
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.