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‘Keep her name living,’ hundreds attend vigil for slain 12-year-old

Posted at 10:59 PM, Dec 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-24 23:22:01-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- On Christmas Eve, hundreds gathered at Henderson Middle School in Richmond for a vigil to remember 12-year-old Amiya Moses.

Moses was the 12-year-old girl who was killed in a shooting Saturday December 17. She was an innocent bystander who got caught in the crossfire.

Amiya's mother Kele Wright said the past few days haven't been easy for her family. She was supposed to be celebrating the Holiday with her only daughter.

However, Wright found comfort in the community Thursday night as many came to offer their prayers.

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"It's wonderful," said Wright, "I have all this support here, people who I don't even know, people who I've never seen before."

Along with Amiya's friends and family, school and City leaders along with police also came to remember Amiya.

Wright said she wants her daughter's name to always be remembered, as well as continue to put a stop to senseless violence.

"Keep her name living and keep her name strong," Wright said to the group.

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"I want her legacy to be that violence is not the key," she said. "The community needs to stand up and stop the violence, stop everything, you see something don’t be scared to go say something. Violence leads to people burying thier loved ones when it’s not their time,” she added.

Dwight Jackson and Shaquille Maxwell, both 20-years-old, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said the suspects' friends and family convinced the men to turn themselves in.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Wright and her family with funeral expenses for Amiya.