With the city and its unincorporated North Richmond neighbor still in the throes of a month wracked with violence, city and county leaders are inviting residents to community meeting tonight at 4 p.m.
Service was a recurring theme at the 2nd Annual North Richmond Music Festival, which drew more than 250 neighborhood residents for a day of barbecue, sweet blues music and social service outreach.
Less than two days after Daryl Russell, 20, was gunned down in plain daylight and only a stone’s throw away from a community center, Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus and officials from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office stood near the blood-stained site and announced a new joint gang task force.
Bluesman Jesse James will headline an array of performers set to let the music fly Saturday at Shields-Reid Park for the second annual North Richmond Music Festival. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From 2005 to 2010, at least 28 homicides occurred in the county area of North Richmond alone, an area with a population that has averaged about 2,300 people.
Less than one week since a flurry of Sunday night gunfire left three dead and three wounded in Richmond and North Richmond, police and sheriffs are still looking for answers.