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Suspects indicted in murder of 12-year-old Amiya Moses

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Dwight Q. Jackson (Left) and Shaquille D. Maxwell (Right). PHOTO: Richmond Police

Dwight Q. Jackson (Left) and Shaquille D. Maxwell (Right). PHOTO: Richmond Police

RICHMOND, Va. — The two men in police custody for the murder of 12-year-old Amiya Moses has been indicted by a Richmond grand jury.

Dwight Q. Jackson, 20, and Shaquille D. Maxwell, 20, both of Windomere Avenue, have been charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and three additional charges.

Amiya Moses was shot at approximately 9:28 p.m. Saturday, Saturday, Dec. 19, while visiting friends at an apartment complex in the 4900 block of Old Brook Road. She was an innocent bystander who got caught in the crossfire, police said. She was transported to a local hospital where she later died.

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said the suspects’ friends and family convinced the men to turn themselves into police.

Jackson and Maxwell’s next court date is January 26, 2016.

Christmas Eve memorial for slain youngster

On Christmas Eve, hundreds gathered at Henderson Middle School in Richmond for a vigil to remember Amiya.

Amiya’s mother Kele Wright said the past week hasn’t been easy for her family. She was supposed to be celebrating the holiday with her only daughter.

However, Wright found comfort in the community Thursday night, as many came to offer their prayers.

It’s wonderful,” said Wright, “I have all this support here, people who I don’t even know, people who I’ve never seen before.”

“I want her legacy to be that violence is not the key,” she said. “The community needs to stand up and stop the violence, stop everything, you see something don’t be scared to go say something. Violence leads to people burying their loved ones when it’s not their time,” she added.

GoFundMe page has been set up to help Wright and her family with funeral expenses for Amiya.