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Rape victim's family wants positive action

Saturday, October 31, 2009
Saturdays parents meeting at Richmond High School was an opportunity for people to talk about things.

Saturday's parents' meeting at Richmond High School was an opportunity for people to talk about things. (KGO Photo)

The pastor of the Richmond church that a 15-year-old gang rape victim attends spoke at a community meeting Saturday. He wants the brutal crime be the catalyst for changing Richmond.

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Saturday's parents' meeting at Richmond High School was an opportunity for people to talk about things. The attack happened on campus during the homecoming dance last Saturday night.

Reverend Jim Wheeler of First Presbyterian Church read a statement from the girls' parents at the meeting.

"Please do not respond to this tragic event by promoting hatred or by causing more pain. We've had enough violence already in this place. If you need to express your outrage please channel your anger into positive action," he said.

One of the six suspects was released from jail Friday night due to a lack of evidence. Richmond police are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any others involved in the attack.

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