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A suspected gang member was arraigned on murder charges today in connection with a Feb. 4 murder of a rival gang member in Richmond after police arrested him at a funeral this week. Jamal Mosley, 29, was charged with murder as well as gang and gun enhancements in the killing of 24-year-old Frank Potts. Police Capt. Mark Gagan said Mosley is a known member of central Richmond’s Murder Block gang. Murder block members can often be found near the 1700 block of Chanslor Avenue, where Potts was gunned down the morning of Feb. 4.
The victim was affiliated with the south Richmond gang Easter Hill Boys, Gagan said. He said that Mosley has long been a suspect in the case. On Wednesday, detectives located and arrested the 29-year-old at the funeral of Richmond’s latest murder victim, Andre Cross, who was fatally shot Nov. 28. “We’re very pleased to have Mr. Mosley in custody,” Gagan said. “He has been wanted since very soon after the murder happened and we consider him to be very dangerous.” No other suspects are wanted in the killing, he said.
Richmond has seen 18 murders so far this year, down from 25 at the same time last year, Gagan said. He noted that many of this year’s murders were not gang-related, another contrast from 2011. The captain attributed much of that shift to Project Ceasefire — a partnership among the Richmond Police Department and local faith-based and non-profit organizations offering non-gang alternatives for local youth seeking a sense of community.
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