10-year-old killed in shooting identified, vigil held in his honor

by: Marius Payton Updated:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Tears flowed freely at the Riverview community center as family and friends gathered to pray and pay their respects to 10-year-old Richard Jordan III.

A family and community gathered, remembering the life of Richard Jordan Jr.  

Candles lit the pavement with the message RIP Lil Richard as many still couldn’t believe that he was gone.

The 10-year-old died and a 12-year-old was injured after the car they were riding in was shot up Monday afternoon.

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A 34-year-old woman was also injured in the shooting.

After the shooting, police said a car riddled with bullets arrived at a local police station on Truitt Street searching for help. Five people were in the vehicle, including three children and two adults.

Memphis Police Department told us 10-year-old Richard Jordan III and his 12-year-old brother were initially transported from the police station to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

Richard was later pronounced dead, and his brother was upgraded to stable condition.

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Members of the community like Kenneth Fitzgerald expressed their grievances.

“Not again, not again we are losing out youth to gun violence.

He was very passionate about football. He loves football. Even when he wasn’t in the game he love football,” said Fitzgerald.


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Even though the vigil was a celebration, the focus of the family and community turned to a unified plea asking for anyone who knew anything about the shooting to step forward including whoever pulled the trigger.

Police said three suspect vehicles fled the area eastbound on Ketchum.

The father of the slain 10-year-old, Richard Jordan Jr., had a message to the killer.

“Whoever you are just turn yourself in, please. Turn yourself in.. I just wanted justice that’s it. I don’t have anything more to say..”

Many on hand wanted to reach out to anyone who knows anything saying just step up.

One man even said it’s not snitching when the crime involves kids.

If you have any information, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.


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