Tragedy doesn’t take a holiday, and apparently neither does Alicia Rasin, the city’s ambassador of compassion.
A news item in the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the longtime homicide vigil leader was taking a break created a stir across the city last week. The alarm was unintended, Rasin says, and she remains ready to help despite “taking a little me time.”
Even while resting for a few weeks following a hospital stay, Rasin says she’s planning a vigil for the victims of the recent shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard.
“God forbid somebody comes, I would never say no,” she says. “I’ll be right there.”
The founder of Citizens Against Crime, Rasin earned her honorary title from then-mayor and now U.S. Senator Tim Kaine after becoming known for her work helping families of shooting victims and other tragedies. She says she doesn’t see herself ever stepping away from serving the members of Richmond’s community.
“I’m not going to leave them,” she says. “This is a calling from God. It’s what I’ll do until I die.”