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“That week, gunshots began to faze me”

It was difficult to pull just a piece from codyartrva’s Shots, take a moment and read though the whole thing →

I remember the first time I heard a gunshot that left a person dead.

I had been living in the east end of Richmond for nearly a year, and in my new home in the Fairmount neighborhood for nearly 3 months. It was around 10:30pm on January 4th, 2009, and my housemate and I were between episodes of “The Wire”. Maybe it was the aforementioned novelty, or desensitization from hearing so many shots in the last episode, but when we heard the single shot coming from down the block, I have a memory of softly laughing and likely saying something like, “Welcome to Church Hill.”

A day later, I found on a local news blog that the single shot had taken the life of David Earl Boyd, Jr., only a block and a half from where we were starting another episode of the show.

I didn’t know David, but he only lived 3 blocks away. There is a good chance I had said “hi” to him on the sidewalk at some point. And yet, I had so casually dismissed the gunshot that took his life.

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11 comments

Greg C. 01/13/2018 at 12:35 PM

Anyone just hear about 30 gunshots over a 3-5 minute period? There are helicopters now.

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Greg C. 01/13/2018 at 12:41 PM

Update: three military-style helicopters circling the area of 24th street to about 35th street, from about P street looks like down to broad. Not sure if they are connected to the shots but we have closed the blinds and brought the dog inside.

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Matthew Conrad 01/13/2018 at 2:04 PM

I think both of those things might be connected to the inauguration.

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lanny 01/13/2018 at 2:53 PM

#3 – LOL – celebratory gunfire (with little reason to celebrate) and helicopters farting noxious emissions into the air and contributing to ‘climate change.’ (It’s not only helicopters farting noxious emissions today.)

A new day is dawning – something that still happens regularly.

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