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Richmond City holds community crime meeting

Richmond Police Department held a community meeting Saturday in response to a recent increase in violent crimes in the South side of the city.

Police reached out to members of the community with an open invitation for everyone to come to Boushall Middle School.  The goal of the meeting was to come up with ideas on how to stop the senseless killings.

Everyone from detectives to dads showed up to talk about what they have seen and who they have seen intruding in their neighborhoods, all with the endgame of coming up with some sort of plan to keep people from killing kids and innocent homeowners.

"Children don't play in the streets like they used to because the parents are fearful. You hear shooting almost every night and it's not the Fourth of July," Pauline Hymes, a Southside resident said.

The ideas discussed at the meeting ranged from setting up new economic development areas, such as having more grocery stores to create jobs.

All of the ideas are now being taken under consideration by Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic.

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