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Mayor McLaughlin to hold annual memorial for Richmond homicide victims

RICHMOND MAYOR TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF 2013 HOMICIDE VICTIMS

PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Gayle McLaughlin invites everyone to share this Friday in a moment of reflection to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost to homicide in Richmond in 2013.

To date there have been 16 homicides in Richmond this year, and the Mayor grieves the untimely loss of each of these lives. Last year, there were 18 homicides. The year before, there were 26 homicides and the year before that over twice as many homicides.

The Mayor is grateful for the increasingly downward trend, which she attributes to the collaborative work of the City with numerous community organizations and neighborhood groups, along with a growing number of positive activities and opportunities for our residents.

She also applauds the collaborations underway to provide comprehensive reentry programs for formerly incarcerated individuals as a way to further address the roots of the violence.

Police Chief Magnus has noted additional factors affecting this downward trend of violent crime in Richmond such as:  More effective crime reduction strategies, including focusing on hotspots and well as key individuals involved in criminal activity;  Community and neighborhood-based policing. We have more active neighborhood and community groups than ever before, all who work closely with the PD;  Data-driven policing, including our COMPSTAT program, that involves the ongoing analysis of crime data and crime trends.

This program also involves assuring this information is shared by the cops working in the neighborhoods and commercial areas of the City.  Increased focus on gun crimes, including more prosecution of gun crimes of any type and severity—as a way of getting guns and gun criminals off the streets.

What: Meet-with-the-Mayor session to honor the memory of 2013 homicide victims When: Friday, December 20, 2013, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Where: Whittlesey Room, Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza ###

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Richmond police: 3 arrested in connection with Lincoln Plair murder

A memo provided by police today:

On March 4, 2013 at approximately  1535 hours, Vic PLAIR LINCOLN was gunned down ifo 686 6th Street.  Plair was shot to death by two suspects who walked up on him and fired multiple rounds.  PLAIR was in the area where numerous people were out to include children.  Detective Esparza was assigned as the lead investigator in this case.  Solid leads were developed in this case and the investigation revealed that 3 gang members associated with the “Swerve Team Gang” out of North Richmond were responsible for the shooting. 

 

On 05/31/13, Detective Esparza obtained information which corroborated the above. 

The 3 Suspects in this case were identified as follows:
Green, James, dob: 01/27/95

Cooper, Derrick aka “D-Rock”, dob: 03/14/94

Johnson, Antwone, aka “Pone”, dob: 03/05/94

 

 

Detective Esparza presented the homicide case to the District Attorney’s Office on 06/03/13.  The District Attorney’s Office filed 187PC, 186.22 and other enhancements against Green, Cooper and Johnson.

 

All 3 suspects in this case are associated with the “Swerve Team” out of North Richmond.  SIS (specifically Det Llamas) did an excellent job assisting Detective Esparza in this case.  Detective Llamas provided the Gang Expert intelligence on the Swerve Team and the 3 associated gang members. 

 

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Mayor McLaughlin to host annual memorial for Richmond victims Friday night

From the mayor’s staff: PLEASE JOIN MAYOR MCLAUGHLIN AND MEMBERS OF THE RICHMOND COMMUNITY TO HONOR THE LIVES LOST IN RICHMOND TO HOMICIDE IN 2012

We will be gathering at the Madeline F. Whittlesey room (adjoining the Civic Center library) tomorrow – Friday November 30th from 5:30pm -6:30pm. The program will allow time to hear from the mayor and other community members. We welcome your voice, your thoughts your camaraderie as we stand together honoring those whose lives were lost to homicide, and stand together to continue to work to reduce violence in our city.