While violent crimes are down in Richmond, homicides are up in the City's Southside and police want the community to get involved.
The double stabbing outside Ed's Cafe in Richmond's Southside gave Civic Association President Keith Edmonds every reason to urge neighbors to keep an eye out.
"The more people involved, the more that can be done," said Edmonds.
Edmonds is a reverend at Koinonia Christian Church near 35th and Hull streets. It's close to the area where the two sisters were stabbed earlier this month. It's part of the second precinct.
From January 1 to May 29, the second precinct saw six homicides compared to only two during the same period last year.
"It's never good to hear about those types of things," Edmonds added. "The world we live in today, it's a reality."
Assaults and burglaries also spiked, but robberies and sexual offenses dipped. Reverend Edmonds makes a point to share his district crime information with neighbors who come to his civic meeting each month.
"We just try to be a center for information sharing," Edmonds noted.
Roy Thomas has lived in this neighborhood for 60 years. He's seen the area become more transient over time, saturated with rentals, and more crime. He even became a victim once when a group of guys jumped him.
"They hit me a few times," said Thomas.
Anytime, he hears of a group trying to battle crime, he's grateful. But Edmonds says more neighbors, especially young people need to get involved so they can help prevent violent crimes in their neighborhood.
Members of the police department's violent crime unit weren't available for on-camera interviews, but told us they continue to communicate with neighbors and investigate unsolved homicides.
Right now, there are two unsolved homicide cases in Richmond. One of them is in Richmond's Southside. The other is in the northeast part of the city.
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