Vigil honors Navy Yard victims
Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch
A small crowd gathered in Jefferson Park on Sunday evening to remember the men and women lost in the Washington Navy Yard massacre this month.
"This has torn me up, so if you see a tear drop, I can't help it, because it's just so, so sad," said Alicia Rasin, the victims' advocate who organized the vigil in Church Hill.
In the Sept. 16 shooting, 34- year-old Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 people at the facility and wounded a number of others.
Franklin Military Academy provided a color guard for the ceremony.
School Board member Shonda Harris-Muhammed echoed Ra- sin's remarks that the shooter couldn't have been "in his right mind."
Rasin also read the names of all the people killed that day, including the shooter.
"The guns are too accessible; it just doesn't make any sense," she said.
Children are growing up too soon, and people aren't looking out for one another, said the Rev. Sharon Broaddus of St. Paul's Baptist Church.
Grandmothers have a hard time giving wisdom, she said, if they're young themselves.
"If they don't know God, or all they see is raping, robbing and killing, that's all they know," she said.
The Rev. Willie Woodson of First United Presbyterian Church gave the benediction.
"And with all that has happened in the last few days and the violence that has occurred, we know that you are sovereign," he said.