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* Tracy Reed Speaks Out, Aunt Of Murder Victim Kaneesha Mallard She Was Killed Along With Alfred Thomas At 76 Gas Station

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The aunt of a 19-year-old woman who was shot and killed at a Richmond gas station along with a male friend said today that the city’s leaders need to do more to fight crime and help youths.Speaking at a news conference at the 76 gas station at the corner of Carlson Boulevard and Imperial Avenue, where Kaneesha Mallard of Hercules and Alfred Thomas, 20, of Vallejo were shot Friday night, Tracy Reed said “we need programs” to help steer youths on the proper path and avoid a life of crime.Reed said the deaths of Mallard and Thomas as well as several other recent fatal shootings are “an opportunity to challenge the city of Richmond to do more.””We’re very concerned about all these shootings,” Reed said.Reed said, “Money is going in all the wrong places” and alleged that city leaders are spending more money trying to beautify the city than on fighting crime and developing programs for youths.The Rev. Andre Shumake of the Richmond Improvement Association said, “Something has gone tremendously wrong” in the city. Shumake said he’s concerned because there have been 40 homicides in Richmond so far this year compared to 28 in all of 2009.”We could reach 80 homicides at the end of the year at this rate,” Shumake said.Corky Booze, a member of the Richmond Recreation and Parks Commission who unsuccessfully ran for City Council last year, said, “The city government is not providing options to young people to do something about all the violence.”Booze said stimulus money from the federal government “doesn’t filter down to those who need it the most.”He alleged, “Our city government has a deaf ear to what’s happening in Richmond.”Booze said there aren’t enough police officers in south Richmond, where most of the recent shootings have occurred.”The emphasis has to be where the trouble is and they should have walking patrols there,” Booze said.Richmond police Sgt. Bisa French said the department has increased its patrols and asked all its detective and gang units to investigate the recent series of shootings.”We’re doing what we can to deter crime but it’s impossible to be everywhere all the time,” French said.She said violent crime “is not a Police Department problem alone and we need the community to help by providing information and being willing to identify the people who are committing crimes and cooperating with investigators.”French said there aren’t yet any solid leads into the deaths of Mallard and Thomas.She said the shooting may be connected to other recent shootings, which she said are “territory-related and drug-related.”French said police believe that Thomas was the target of the shooting and Mallard was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.Reed said Mallard “was experiencing life and was learning how to live and be in relationships and choose and ask the right questions.”Mallard was giving Thomas a ride to his home and was then going to join some of her friends, Reed said.”The ride claimed her life,” she said.Although Mallard lived in Hercules and graduated from high school there, Reed said she spent her early years in Richmond and most of her family lives in Richmond.Mallard was “a beautifully spirited young woman,” Reed said.She said Mallard “had a good attitude about life” and “was about to embark on a wonderful life.”Mallard’s death “is devastating,” Reed said. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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  • I love my cusin so much, that the love I had grew bigger than u can ever imagine. I watched her grow up, and I remember how my mom would tell her,”they just mad, cause your beautiful just like your anti!”……and I want to say, “cusin, you are the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen, and I love u!

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