“I am not a high school dropout. I am not a drug dealer or a gang banger. I am not the negative of Richmond, California,” said Chanthanasak at the Sixth Annual Youth Stopping Violence Summit on Saturday.
The homicide data reveals some stark facts: Gun violence accounts for almost all deaths, less than a third of the crimes have been solved, over half of the homicides occurred over the summer and the victims are disproportionately under the age of 30.
About 30 people gathered at a mid-day event at the 76 gas station in the 1500 block of Carlson Boulevard, the site of a double homicide just days before. A bouquet of roses rested next to the gas pump to mark the spot where Kaneesha Mallard, 19, died.