‘We’ve got to take action’: Lynchburg vigil calls for change after recent homicides

LPD chief: “We’ve got to come together to denounce these acts”

Lynchburg vigil for three homicide victims calls for end to gun violence
Lynchburg vigil for three homicide victims calls for end to gun violence

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Dozens of Lynchburg residents fed up with the violence in the city came together in a plea for peace Sunday night.

A vigil on the corner of 12th and Kemper streets remembered three recent homicide victims in the Hill City. Most notably, it eulogized 28-year-old mother Samantha Robinson, who was shot and killed when a stray bullet hit her while driving last week.

“We just can’t be quiet. We’ve got to take action,” said James Camm of One Community One Voice, who organized the vigil. “There’s a child without a mother. There’s a family that’s grieving without understanding.”

Lynchburg Police Chief Ryan Zuidema and Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison strongly condemned Robinson’s murder during the vigil.

“I don’t know how else to say it, but I’m sick and tired of coming to things like this,” Zuidema said. “It means we have unnecessarily lost another life in our community.”

“This is a new low for our fine city,” Harrison said. “Any citizen of this city should be able to drive down the street without fear of a stray bullet.”

Robinson’s young son stood front and center during the vigil, and Harrison apologized to him for the shooting.

“It is shameful, and I’m sorry,” Harrison said. “I can’t imagine how you feel and how it hurts.”

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