RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond Police Department detectives finally released the booking photos from the homicide that took the life of a 12-year-old girl. Homicide detectives initially requested that the photos not be released so as to not hinder the investigation, police said.
Dwight Q. Jackson and Shaquille D. Maxwell, both age 20 and from Henrico, were arrested by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force. They have each been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Amiya Moses was shot at approximately 9:28 p.m. Saturday, Saturday, Dec. 19, while visiting friends at an apartment complex in the 4900 block of Old Brook Road. She was an innocent bystander who got caught in the crossfire, police said. She was transported to a local hospital where she later died.
Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said the suspects' friends and family convinced the men to turn themselves into police.
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Gary Bailey at 646-6743 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
Christmas Eve memorial for slain youngster
On Christmas Eve, hundreds gathered at Henderson Middle School in Richmond for a vigil to remember Amiya.
Amiya's mother Kele Wright said the past week hasn'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.
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.
"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 their loved ones when it’s not their time,” she added.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Wright and her family with funeral expenses for Amiya.
Wright said they had just celebrated Amiya's birthday on Dec. 3. She was a sixth grader at Henderson Middle School in Richmond. Her mother said she was loved by everyone and could light up a room.
"My baby was going to be in lights, she wanted to sing, she wanted to dance," Wright said.