Richmond District Attorney Brooke Pettit confirmed on Thursday that authorities believe a social media row led to the gunfire. Police believe more than 50 shots were fired with at least three weapons, including an assault rifle.
In the aftermath of the shooting, neighborhood residents and city leaders rallied around the victims and those traumatized by the incident.
These efforts led several people living outside the apartment community to share resources for Saturday’s block party.
âWe thought it would be a good distraction, a good way to reclaim the space where this tragedy happened,â said Rev. Robin Mines, President of the Swansboro West Civic Association and Associate Minister of Hood Temple AME Zion Church.
âWe don’t want that to be remembered,â Mines said. âWe need to remember a good time, a healthy environment, a fun place and safety.â
About 50 companies donated food – including fried chicken, spaghetti, meatballs, macaroni and cheese, homemade cupcakes, sweet apples and other snacks and candy – and more. articles for the community event. Teachers and administrators at George Wythe High School and Westover Hills Elementary School also donated books and other items.
Several friends and people involved in organizing the event on Mother’s Day before said it was a fitting tribute to Hill, who wanted nothing more than to be a mother – and never wanted to. was that three months before her and her child. were killed. Sunday would have been her first Mother’s Day as a parent.