Alicia Rasin has passed.
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.