Communities push for change after 5 fatal shootings of young people

Communities push for change after 5 fatal shootings of young people

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Surrounded by people that knew and loved her son Kejaun, and with passion in her voice, Dakeshia Goode continues to plead with the community.

"I beg you, put your guns down," Dakeshia Goode said Thursday night.

As a community gathered in Midlothian Village to remember Kejuan Goode and his friend Terrell Thomas. Thomas' mother also spoke out, hoping to see an end to the violence that has continued in the City of Richmond.

"I see me saving somebody's son out here. It ain't over, it ain't over," said Danyell Thomas. "I see me saving somebody's child out here."

Kejuan Goode and Terrell Thomas's were shot and killed Saturday night at Midlothian Village. They are among five young people - all under the age of 21 - shot and killed in the City of Richmond in recent weeks.

On March 29, 15-year-old Tyliek Brown and 16-year-old Mikkaisha Smoot were shot in Mosby Court. They died just one day apart.

On Thursday, 20-year-old Samuel Kwarteng, a senior at VCU, died on West Moore Street.

"Not for one second should you accept the senseless act that happened here last weekend," said RPD Deputy Chief Steve Drew.

In order to make communities safer and keep young people away from danger, Deputy Chief Drew says silence can no longer be the norm in communities.

"If you're in one of these apartments and you see something that doesn't look right - a firearm that's in the hands of someone, a firearm on the ground, whatever issues it may be - even if it doesn't sound right, call the police to get involved," explained Drew.

Community leaders like Kevin Starling says taking back communities means saying enough is enough to crime, being more vigilant and willing to report things that are seen are heard.

"In order for things to change, we have to be that change, in order to affect something really that's going to be positive, because our kids are losing their lives, each and every day," said Starling.

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