Richmond Civic Center site of national gun violence remembrance

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Richmond Civic Center site of national gun violence remembrance
Richmond Civic Center Plaza (Photo by Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

The City of Richmond will observe National Gun Violence Community Remembrance Day with a vigil Friday, June 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the city’s Civic Center Plaza.

The vigil will be held in honor of the community’s loved ones lost to gun violence. People are encouraged to wear the color orange in a show of solidarity and bring candles and photos of their loved ones to share during the vigil.

Friday’s event has come together through the efforts of the Richmond City Council and a number of community organizations, in recognition of the impact of gun violence on the city, according to a Facebook post. Refreshments will be provided as well as an opportunity to create a memory stone.

“This vigil is a special occasion to honor and remember our loved ones,” the city stated in its social media post.

The city and community organizations lending their support to the event include Moms Demand Action; Office of Neighborhood Safety; Richmond Police Department; 23rd Street Merchants; Motivated 2 Help Others; Ronnie Bubba Robinson Scholarship Foundation; RPD Chaplaincy Program; Richmond Chamber of Commerce; He Blenz; Keyz to the Future; Family Justice Center; The Latina Center; 1 Hundred Years; New Life Movement; Ya-NEEMA Healing Circle Supporting Services; Elana Bolds; Contra Costa Health; and RYSE.

The Richmond City Council agenda for June 4, 2024 includes a proclamation for observing National Gun Violence Awareness Day and also a request for $5,000 in funding from the general fund in support of related activities.

Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza is located at 403 Civic Center Plaza in Richmond.