Saturday, June 18, 2016

“Yeah that, two times.” "This senseless violence and murder must stop. Please." Street memorial for Pierre Clark, 1000 block of Montgomery Avenue, Alexandria VA

I documented this extensive and moving street shrine to Pierre Clark at the north end of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. There were friends and family still gathered there. Sadly also, two other homicides have occurred nearby this year.

From an Alexandria VA police report: The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in the 1000 block of Montgomery Street, Alexandria Virginia, on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. At approximately 12:35 p.m., officers responded to the area for a shooting. A man was located by police suffering from trauma to the upper body. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The investigation is ongoing. The victim has been identified as Pierre Clark, 28, of no fixed address.

There is also an excellent story about Mr. Clark's life, the broad-daylight shooting, and the vigil in his honor attended by a large gathering of friends and family, in the Alexandria Gazette. There is additional material in a Washington Post article.

I spoke with a few of the people gathered at the shrine. Incense was still lit and scenting the air. One man, Mr. Clark's cousin, said that he left behind children, and that another child was on the way.

I wish these innocents peace and every strength. May their father's memory be for a blessing.

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