RICHMAND, Virginia (WRIC) – A few days after 17-year-old Dashon “DaDa” Cox was killed in the East End in Richmond, friends, family and community members gathered to honor his memory – and ask those who can know more about his death, speak up.
Dozens of visitors dressed in orange and blue at Armstrong High School, where Cox studied, and listened to members of his family talk about his memory and ask him to stop gun violence in Richmond.
“I don’t want to see another vigil, I don’t want to see more balloons, I don’t want to see more flowers,” Sister Cox said. “I don’t want to hear in the news that someone’s child was killed, taken away from the family. I don’t want to see to see it, I’m tired of it. ”
According to Richmond police, the officers were summoned to the Jenny Sher Road area in which Cox was found immediately after 4:40 p.m. Thursday.
Cox’s death on February 17 was only the third fatal shooting in a year – and the first in which a minor was killed. According to the Richmond Police Department, six people were shot by that point last year.
On February 9, Mayor Levar Stony announced that the city would use $ 500,000 in COVID-19 relief funds to Weapons Redemption Program after 2021 was Richmond’s toughest year in two decades.
Richmond City Council President Cynthia Newbill attended the event and said the meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 6pm at the Powhatan Community Center to share ideas on how to stop gun violence.
According to the residents of the district, given the time of day when the shooting took place, most likely, there were people nearby who saw what happened. Anyone with information related to this incident can anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.