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Danville City leaders share crime data, strategies (Danville, VA): Community members logged into Zoom on Thursday morning to participate in the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce’s first Business @ Breakfast event held this year, which highlighted the work being done at the Danville Police Department and in gang violence prevention by Robert David.
Source: Chatham Star-Tribune    Date: March 3, 2021

Trial date for youngest suspect in random 2018 MS-13 gang murder (Prince William County, VA): A trial is set for one of the men police say is part of the MS-13 street gang and randomly killed a Woodbridge man in 2018 before putting the body in a trunk and setting the vehicle on fire.
Source: Inside NoVa    Date: February 26, 2021

Five MS-13 inmates indicted in conspiracy to commit murder (Abingdon, VA): More than a year after MS-13 gang members were moved from USP Lee prison following a physical altercation, a federal grand jury in Abingdon indicted five prisoners on charges of conspiring to murder a fellow inmate.
Source: Washington County News    Date: February 17, 2021

Five inmates indicted in conspiracy to commit murder (Abingdon, VA): More than a year after MS-13 gang members were moved from USP Lee prison following an altercation, indictments were handed down by a federal grand jury in Abingdon.
Source: Bristol Herald Courier    Date: February 12, 2021

City of Roanoke committee continues work to address gun and gang violence (Roanoke, VA): The city of Roanoke is working to address gun and gang violence in the streets. The city formed a committee last year to meet monthly to tackle the issue.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: February 12, 2021

Roanoke gun violence task force looks for ways to reach youth (Roanoke, VA): A team working to curb gun violence in Roanoke is asking itself how it can create new connections with the community’s youth, particularly amid the ongoing pandemic.
Source: The Roanoke Times    Date: February 12, 2021

Roanoke gun violence trends downward to start 2021 (Roanoke, VA): In 2021, the City of Roanoke has seen four aggravated assaults and one murder. The city ended 2020 with 71 gun violence incidents, an average of 5.9 per month. That means, this year, the city is on pace for fewer incidents this year. Of the five so far this year, no arrests have been made, according to police.
Source: WDBJ 7 News    Date: February 12, 2021

Tightening Criteria for Entering into Gang Database (Fairfax County, VA): Part two of a two-part series. On Oct. 2, 2018, Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force selected DataWalk as their analytical platform to support its fight against gangs according to a headline on BUSINESS WIRE.
Source: Alexandria Gazette Packet    Date: January 28, 2021

Suspects under arrest following gang related shooting in Eastville (Eastville, VA): Four individuals have been arrested in a gang related shooting that took place on Courthouse Road in Eastville at approximately 10:00 PM on Friday, January 22, 2021.
Source: Shore Daily News    Date: January 28, 2021

Virginia police task force drops use of controversial gang database (Virginia): A Virginia gang task force has dropped use of a database that catalogues thousands of alleged gang members across the Washington region after activists raised concerns that minorities are disproportionately represented in it and its use is shrouded in secrecy.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: January 28, 2021

Jury trial for suspected MS-13 gang member in Raymond Wood murder case delayed until 2022 (Bedford County, VA): The jury trial for one of the men charged in a local capital murder case is being delayed another year. Josue Coreas-Ventura, a suspected MS-13 gang member, was arrested back in 2017 in connection to the brutal stabbing death of Raymond Wood.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: January 28, 2021

Questioning Racially-Biased Gang Database (Fairfax County, VA): Part one of a two-part series. With no recourse for review, a nebulous definition of gang membership led an activist, an immigration advocate, and a Virginia legislator to fight for change.
Source: Alexandria Gazette Packet    Date: January 27, 2021

Warren County withdrawing from drug, gang task force (Warren County, VA): The Warren County Sheriff's Office will withdraw from the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force on Feb. 1. The decision was made after Warren County Sheriff Mark Butler said he discussed it internally with his members, noting that it wasn’t an easy decision to make.
Source: The Northern Virginia Daily    Date: January 17, 2021

Man arrested in connection with woman’s shooting death on E Princess Anne Road in Norfolk (Norfolk, VA): Police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting that left a woman dead on East Princess Anne Road in Norfolk Jan. 11. Norfolk police arrested 21-year-old Rayvone D. Foster and charged him with murder, use of a firearm, conspiracy, and gang participation.
Source: WAVY 10 News    Date: January 15, 2021

Richmond gang member could be executed Thursday (Richmond, VA): Time could be running out for a former Richmond gang member who murdered seven people in 1992 and is scheduled to be executed Thursday in Indiana.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: January 13, 2021

In 2020, Norfolk saw one of its youngest shooting victims — a baby. The police chief says curbing gun violence has failed (Norfolk, VA): In looking at the raw numbers, one could conclude that the City of Norfolk, with a 20% reduction in all crimes for the year 2020, could breathe a sigh of relief. But Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone says not so fast. Boone said he sees links between gang activity and gun violence. “From my experience, in those cases where women are shot and our children are shot, they are in the company of a gang member. That’s the reality of it,” said Boone.
Source: WAVY 10 News    Date: January 13, 2021

Newtowne gang member files new motion in federal court in Richmond opposing his Thursday execution (Richmond, VA): Lawyers for Cory Johnson, who was convicted of murdering seven people in Richmond in 1992, are arguing in U.S. District Court in Richmond that he cannot be executed as scheduled Thursday.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: January 11, 2021

Former Richmond gang member set for execution next week files appeal, citing intellectual disability (Richmond, VA): A former Richmond gang member sentenced to death in 1993 is asking the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for a stay of execution, citing his claims of an intellectual disability.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: January 8, 2021

Roanoke experienced 11 homicides, 71 injuries from gun violence in 2020 (Roanoke, VA): 2020 was a more violent year than normal for Roanoke in terms of gun violence. According to new statistics from the Roanoke Police Department, there were 11 people shot and killed in homicides in 2020, the same number as the year before. 71 people were injured in shooting crimes. The task force believes gang violence is responsible for a sizable portion of the crimes. They discussed the possibility of using ex-gang members to tell those in gang life how to escape their situation.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: January 8, 2021

Study Committee to Reduce Gun Violence discusses focusing on youth and young adults (Roanoke, VA): In Roanoke, the majority of offenders and victims involved in shootings are under the age of 30. That’s according to new data revealed Friday at the virtual Study Committee to Reduce Gun Violence meeting. The committee reviewed the data at the beginning of the meeting. Members say their focus needs to be on youth and young adults.
Source: WDBJ 7 News    Date: January 8, 2021

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