The families of two people shot and killed in Richmond this month plan to gather members of the community today to rally for an end to violence in the East Bay city. The Rev. Andre Shumake of the Richmond Improvement Association said in a statement that the families of Kaneesha Mallard, 19, of Hercules, and Derrick Rogers, 33, of San Pablo, plan to gather at a 76 gas station at the corner of Carlson Boulevard and Imperial Avenue at 10:30 a.m. to “call for an end to the senseless killings on the streets of Richmond, and for more leadership from the mayor’s office to address the violence that plagues our streets.” Mallard was killed at the gas station on Sept. 11 along with Alfred Thomas, 20, of Vallejo. Rogers, Mallard’s cousin, was found by police on Friday night
lying on the sidewalk in front of 4517 Cypress Ave., shot several times in the upper torso, according to the Richmond police Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene. “The family wishes to put out the call for all retaliatory shootings to stop in the city of Richmond,” Shumake said. There have been 41 homicides in Richmond in 2009.
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