Looking at the map for the East in 1994, the 13 killings in the Church Hill area south of Fairmount seem indicative of the changes between now and then. Any one or two of these incidents might happen in a given year, but that year seemed to see it all (including a triple killing on 31st Street in Sugar Bottom, and twin killings on 30th/O Street and 30th/P Streets less than 24 hours apart).
The sheer number of killings on Southside in 1994 is shocking. With at least 70 murders mostly packed into a few dense areas, specific streets along the Jeff Davis corridor were awash with blood: Afton Avenue had 5 killings, Lynehaven Avenue had 7, the area around Minefee/Harwood/Southlawn had 6. The area within a 1/2 mile radius of Afton and Lynhaven saw 17 killings.
i was a part of all the madness in Richmond back then. being a young jamaican hustler holding it down in Dodge City. as a member of the infamous Poison Clan Posse i saw first hand some of the violence that took place back then and i can confirm what you guys are saying. Despite all the madness though, i loved RIchmond. both my kids were born in Richmond. a lot of folks were disappointed in me when they found out about my gang affiliations. i apologize for the mayhem myself and my associates caused back then. and pray for the famalies of victims killed by my former associates. most of us from the Clan have all done time or is still locked up. i can only imagine that Richmond is a very different place from what it was back in the 90s
RonI am curious to hear what your opinion is on why the homicide rate went from 161 in 1994 to 37 last year. Do you think that Federal Incarceration programs like Project EXILE played a part? And how do we keep that from ever happening again, in your opinion?
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