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Alicia Rasin has passed

Alicia Rasin has passed.

From the Times-Dispatch:

Alicia Rasin, the longtime and widely known victims advocate who founded Citizens Against Crime and comforted scores of Richmond-area families, has died, a city spokeswoman said Friday night.

Ms. Rasin was a community activist who had held vigils for homicide victims, and she often asked the community to pray for the victims’ families.


A profile by Sara Dabney Tisdale in Style from 2010 is a great look at Ms.Rasin’s work and impact on the community:

RASIN HAS BEEN leading prayer vigils for Richmond’s victims of homicide for almost 25 years. The founder of Citizens Against Crime, she’s worked with successive governors, mayors and police chiefs. Former governor and Richmond mayor Tim Kaine dubbed her “Richmond’s Ambassador of Compassion” years ago. Her image is one of the first to flash across the Web page of the city police department, an agency she’s in touch with almost every day.

Rasin helped guide the city through the worst and best of times, through more recent decreases in the murder rate to the notorious spate in the mid-1990s — more than 100 murders each year from 1990 to 1997, with a high of 161 in 1994 — that made Richmond one of the country’s most deadly cities.


You can hear Alicia talk about her work in Don Dale’s Alicia Rasin, What’s Your Story? from Virginia Voice.

PHOTO via Virginia Voice

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crd 10/10/2015 at 9:26 AM

She was an incredible lady and gave a lot to the community. Sorry to hear about this, she will be missed.

Paige FaithWorks 10/12/2015 at 4:39 PM

At 4:20 a.m. October 10, 2015, your spirit awakened me to let me know that you transitioned into God’s Kingdom. I will miss you my Friend. Well done. My Mentor and Queen Sister, Alicia. ?#?Matriarch?

As I was sitting thinking about my friend’s life, I was also reflecting on how blessed I am to have experienced her greatness from a front row seat. An honor and privilege. Yes, I will miss her and I thank God for that opportunity and for the wisdom she poured into my spirit and life. She was my Mentor.

She came in to my life and I in to hers for the greatest reasons. Those kind of friends are rare blessings. They cause us to examine our strengths, courage, human and divine being. When they exit this life, you feel it immensely before you know it. May you know and have of such a dear friend that has shown you the beauty of their soul. A Matriarch. It is close to having and experiencing a talk with God. We will celebrate her dash.

And to her Family, may you find comfort and peace knowing that she loved you all dearly. Alicia, my friend found her purpose and her destiny. Love. Please let me know if I may assist you with honoring her memory, her story & historical significance and contribution to the City of Richmond and the State of Virginia.

God Bless You. ?

Your Spiritual Sister,


Honorary sign for Alicia Rasin goes up Monday | Church Hil People's News 12/19/2015 at 10:04 AM

[…] A pillar of the Richmond community and an advocate for families of homicide victims for more than 30 years, Rasin passed away on October 9. […]


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