Candlelight vigil held in memory of Richard “Pedie” Perez III in Richmond

Family and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil in front of Uncle Sam’s Liquor Store in Richmond in memory of Richard Perez III, 24, who was shot and killed there during a confrontation with a Richmond police officer in the early morning hours of Sept. 14.

Perez, or ‘Pedie,’ as he was known in the neighborhood, became the first person killed in an officer-involved shooting in Richmond since 2007. The vigil began at 8 p.m. Sunday and lasted into the night as mourners wrote personal messages, lit candles and embraced one another over the loss of a man many there called “family.”

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