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New Richmond Police chief talks "elimination" of crime

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond's newest police chief was sworn in Wednesday. Our cameras were rolling as the chief closed out the night speaking at a candle light vigil for a weekend murder victim.

"To those of you here I offer the condolences and the sympathies of the Richmond Police Department," said Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic.

He spent his first day on the job standing in the rain at a candle light vigil for 27 year old murder victim Keon Robinson.

"I would hope that I never have to attend another vigil," said Chief Tarasovic.

Robinson was stabbed to death in the parking lot of his Coalter Street apartments over the weekend. We asked the chief to identify the biggest issue facing the department."

"Crime is always the issue that we face," said Tarasovic. "Until there is an elimination of crime, it will be always be our issue."

It all happened in Mosby Court in an area plagued by violence, but recently overrun with faith leaders and police officers teaming up as part of former police chief Bryan Norwood's community policing efforts.

"It's our responsibility to investigate and to prevent {crime}," said Tarasovic. "And so when we get a chance to stand with the folks of a community we do."

The chief was joined by men and women in uniform. It was a sign he plans to continue the community outreach.

"Absolutely," said Tarasovic. "Make the existing bridges stronger and deeper, and build new ones."

Viola Hatcher never imagined the new chief would be attending her grandson's vigil.

"I thank and praise God for him being here. He didn't have to come," said Mrs. Hatcher.

Police did make an arrest in that deadly stabbing over the weekend. Richmond Police arrested 21-year-old Barbara Banks on murder charges.

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