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Big names show support for wounded RPD officer at downtown restaurant

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Posted at 7:12 PM, Jan 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-18 19:12:32-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- NFL Sundays always pack Home Team Grill in the Fan, but the storeis packed for another reason this Sunday.

The owners are donating 10 percent of sales, likely thousands of dollars, to Officer William Turner's family as a show of support.

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Turner, who was released from VCU Medical Center but is at another medical facility now, was shot last month while responding to a mental health call in the city's Fulton neighborhood.

Lucille Parham, Turner's aunt, has fond memories her nephew's childhood and the silly jokes he would tell.  She and several relatives came out for lunch Sunday, and were overjoyed by the turnout.

Lucille Parham

Lucille Parham

"It's great to see everyone here, just to know the neighborhood is together," said Parham.

More than just the neighborhood has rallied around Turner.  In fact, to the surprise of the owners, Gov. Terry McAuliffe showed up with his family in support of the wounded officer.

"The people who go out and put their lives on the line for us, we need to show our support for them. That's why I wanted to come out here for Officer Turner," said McAuliffe.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Turner's supporters at Home Team Grille hope these kinds of gestures help with his healing process.

"It also helps you mentally and spiritually -- gives you the will to keep fighting," said McAuliffe.

"We care about the community; we care about his situation; we want to make a difference," said Garland Taylor, co-owner of Home Team Grille.
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If you could not make it to Sunday's event, but would still like to donate to Officer Turner's family, you can still can.   Write a check to: The RVA Fire Police Credit Union Line of Duty Support Fund.