Snap: Death penalty protest on High Street
Citizens unhappy about the then-impending execution of convicted murderer Darick Walker gathered on High Street on May 20 with signs. Despite their pleas, the state of Virginia carried out the execution at 9 o' clock that night, fulfilling the sentence Walker received for killing Richmonders Stanley Beale and Clarence Threat. "Walker invaded his victims’ homes by kicking down their front doors, and then, in the presence of their families, mercilessly shooting each victim multiple times," Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wrote in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of Mr. Beale and Mr. Threat."