Lost in 2014 

Remembering Richmond's homicide victims.

click to enlarge Angela Evans, center, the wife of homicide victim Keith Evans, speaks at a vigil for her late husband, with Citizens of Crime founder Alicia Rasin at left.

Scott Elmquist

Angela Evans, center, the wife of homicide victim Keith Evans, speaks at a vigil for her late husband, with Citizens of Crime founder Alicia Rasin at left.

Of the city’s 42 homicide victims in 2014, five more than the previous year, one of the oldest was Keith Evans. He died at 37.

“Some things are just senseless,” said his wife, Angela, at a vigil in September attended by friends, family and police officers in Fairfield Court.

Of those who died at the hands of others last year, the oldest was Emma B. Cook. The 78-year-old, a retired custodian with the Chesterfield County Public Schools, was stabbed by her son Ronnie Cook. “He killed the very person in this world who was willing to give him a second chance,” a prosecutor told a judge, as reported by The Richmond Times-Dispatch. The younger Cook was sentenced to life in prison.

Two of the fallen were 2 years old. An 8-year-old, Martin “Marty” Cobb, died while trying to protect his sister, 12. Prosecutors are working on a case against the alleged attacker, a 16-year-old boy.

Two out of three homicide victims were black men. Of them, 15 were younger than 30. There were many calls to end the violence, including at Keith Evans’ vigil, where his wife told those who were gathered, “If you love somebody, just show it.”

Emma B. Cook, 78, Jan. 5
Lancaster Robinson, 63, Jan. 20
Kadijah N. Stewart, 19, Jan. 31
Mark A. Burton, 36, Feb. 2
Rodney Ruffin Sr., 56, Feb. 5
Kahron M. Lee, 20, Feb. 23
Samantha Myers, 20, March 24
Kiarri K. Edwards, 34, March 31
Robert L. Fox, 16, Feb. 25
D’Shaun A. Bethea, 31, April 8
Antonio Harris, 44, April 15
Ivan T. Bridges, 33, April 23
Ebony N. Hurd, 33, April 23
Rodney Lewis, 50, April 29
Andre T. Rhone, 26, May 1
Martin Cobb, 8, May 1
Muhammad H. Baig, 29, May 5
Phillip O. Nikolenko, 26, May 10
Lyle P. McMurtray, 23, May 31
Develle L. Thomas, 21, June 2
Jay Q. Wood, 47, June 24
Traelle N. Johnson, 25, June 24
Terry A. Mullins, 46, June 29
O’ustin Spratley, 2, July 30
Joseph L. Sydnor, 55, July 31
Chong K. Han, 58, Aug. 9
Keith D. Evans, 37, Aug. 30
Andre S. Todd, 26, Sept. 15
Saquenta T. Dixon, 26, Sept. 15
Jazzytne S. Johnson, 30, Sept. 22
Michelle S. Kelly, 22, Oct. 8
Keytrell Kelly, 2, Oct. 8
Adreena D. Gary, 19, Oct. 8
Tyfon A. Clark, 24, Oct. 16
Elijah D. Gee, 24, Oct. 19
Antonio M. Sherman, 18, Oct. 19
Darius C. Artis, 24, Oct. 19
Zeymontae M. Redd, 15, Oct. 26
Eboniece M. Escobar, 22, Nov. 2
Jayquan L. Powell, 21, Nov. 23
Ramon A. Delgado-Bernal, 26, Nov. 23
Chancellor G. Price, 25, Dec. 22.



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