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Charles Samuels Responds to Recent Events

There are probably some parents who are a little upset and concerned about some recent events near Maggie Walker Governor’s School.  Here’s what Councilman Charles Samuels has to say about it:

“Recent events this week in the vicinity of Maggie Walker Governor’s School are of great concern to me. These events include: a suspicious package being found (empty tool box) in the school parking lot; a fire at a homeless encampment near School Street that the Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services extinguished promptly; and, the discovery of a body in a ravine in the 1000 block of Lombardy Avenue.

The body has been identified by the Richmond Police Department as Joseph C. McCray, 54, of no fixed address, and is being investigated as a homicide due to death by blunt force trauma.

Each of these events is sufficient to cause great concern for those who attend Maggie Walker Governor’s School and the neighbors in the Newtowne West Community.  Should neighbors, families or community organizations wish to come together for solace and understanding of these events, I will support them in any way that I can.

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. McCray and ask that anyone with any information regarding this incomprehensible act to call Richmond Crime Stoppers, at 804.780.1000.

Samuels also shares some resources in Richmond that help the homeless population:

·        Richmond Police Department Homeless Outreach Partnership Enforcement (HOPE) patrol (804.646.4395 tel)

·        Richmond Department of Social Services (804.646.7212 tel)

Provides child, family, adult, employment and financial assistance services.

·        Freedom House (804.233.4064 tel)

·        Community Shelter (804.232.1949 tel)

Providing a stable environment for residents to begin to address issues that led to their homelessness and set goals for a better future.

·        The Conrad Center – Conrad Center (804.225.1853 tel)

Serving breakfast and dinner to Richmond ‘s homeless and working-class poor.

·        Daily Planet (804.783.0678 tel)

Operates free standing health care center in the area providing primary health care to the homeless, uninsured and underinsured regardless of their ability to pay.  Additionally, Daily Planet provides a 12-week job training and placement program to the unemployed homeless and offers at no charge to those in need:  eye care, dental care, mental health and psychiatric care, laundry and shower facilities, case management, mail and substance abuse services.”

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