Man shot multiple times in Richmond

Ricky Gray’s execution date set for March

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RICHMOND, Va. –  The execution date has been set for killer Ricky Gray. On Tuesday, at Richmond Circuit Court, the execution date was set for March 16.

Gray was involved in the murders of seven Richmond people, along with his accomplice Ray Dandridge. Gray received the death sentence for the murder of Stella and Ruby Harvey, the daughters of Bryan and Kathyrn Harvey, inside their Woodland Heights home on New Year’s Day 2006.

Dandridge, was sentenced to life in prison for the killings of the Baskerville-Tucker family; Ashley Baskerville, 21; her mother, Mary Tucker, 47; and stepdad, Percyell Tucker, 55.

Both men were involved in the murder of both South Richmond families though there were other victims in their rampage.

Gray was denied his final appeal of right from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Harvey family’s ‘creative, courageous paths’ remain 10 years after murder

Ten years after a the Harvey family’s brutal murder, their legacy can be seen numerous places around the city.

From a picturesque footbridge in Forest Hill Park to monuments in beautiful gardens outside of schools and museums, the Harvey family has made a lasting impression in the lives of many.

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Sally Kemp, a close friend of the family, said her memories have not faded. In fact, she can still see Bryan and Kathryn Harvey's smiling faces and the angelic smiles of their two daughters, 9-year-old Stella and 4-year-old Ruby.

"Just the way they lived their life, the creative, courageous paths they took," Kemp explained. “Together as a family, they were magical...   And I think remembering them, and remembering who each of them were together, inspires us each year."

The unspeakable tragedy devastated the community, but eventually made it stronger thanks to an endowment established in the family's name.

This December, Kemp learned her organization, Milk River Arts, would receive $2,500 from the endowment.

The organization pairs special needs artists with professional artists.

"I was over the moon as one of our artists always say,” Kemp said. “To think about having the Harvey family magic support our artists is a surprise gift and one we'll celebrate and share with so many art lovers in Richmond."

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Milk River Arts pairs special needs artists with professional artists.

Three others Richmond organizations, Art 180, Girls Rock RVA and Podium Foundation also received grants from the endowment totaling more than $15,000.

While Kemp said she is honored, she is especially grateful that the Harvey family’s legacy will live on in her artists.

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Paige Harvey, Bryan’s sister, said the family loved Richmond.

“Bryan and Kathy were kind and generous and deeply engaged in the Richmond community.  They lovingly raised Stella and Ruby to fully embrace the joys of life.  As a family, they shared a love for each other, the arts and their community,” Paige Harvey said.

Since its inception, the Bryan and Kathryn Harvey Memorial Fund has received nearly 600 contributions from the public totaling $190,000.

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